Taking the Mic?
- 17 October 2013 11:29
- Posted by @dclayton_mcfc
It’s an oddly quiet day in the media today if you’re scouting for stories on City.
We are, of course, post-international break and have a close transfer window so it’s not unusual for there to only one or two stories knocking around – and some, unfortunately just plain poor.
Squawka.com – and they’ve not been alone on the past week – carry an ill-informed story about Micah Richards that continues to do the rounds.
Every City fan knows Micah has suffered an injury nightmare over the past 16 months with three injuries keeping him side-lined for the majority of that period.
Why, then, do we keep reading that he wants to end his “City nightmare” where, as some reports have suggested, he has become “the forgotten man.”
Fact: Micah has only just returned to fitness. Fact: He was selected against Bayern Munich. Fact: He has never suggested he wasn’t to play for anyone other than City.
This is not a rant, just the stating of facts that are available to anyone who takes time to find them out.
So this story has become all-too familiar: “Richards has so far struggled to break into Manuel Pellegrini’s team, with just two appearances to his name this season, he is yet to feature in the Premier League for the Manchester club.
“The 25-year-old will need to be playing regular first-team football to give him a chance of breaking into Roy Hodgson’s England squad and he may look for a move away from the Etihad to achieve this.
“It’s fair to say since Richards made his England debut in 2006, as the Three Lions’ youngest ever defender, his career has stagnated. But this is partly due to a lack of playing time rather than just poor performances. A move to Newcastle, or at least a move away from Manchester City, should hugely benefit his career.”
Let’s move on…
Meanwhile, The Daily Express have found one story that makes a decent read.
With former City striker Craig Bellamy ending his international career for Wales against Belgium on Tuesday, Phil Cadden notes that his final game didn’t go unnoticed by his old team-mate Vincent Kompany.
Writes Cadden: “Craig Bellamy toasted his Wales career – and received a retirement drink from close pal Vincent Kompany.
“Bellamy bowed out following his 78th cap in the 1-1 World Cup qualifying draw against Belgium in Brussels.
“And Belgium skipper Kompany, who missed the Group A tie with a thigh injury, gave his former Manchester City team-mate a bottle of Cognac brandy as a memento.
“Bellamy’s final contribution in a Wales shirt was to set up Aaron Ramsey’s 88th-minute equaliser”.
We’ll wrap up today with The Punch.com’s story on Alvaro’s Negredo’s rise and rise to prominence this season.
With back-to-back goals for Spain either side of last weekend, the City striker has staked his claim to lead his country at next summer’s World Cup.
The report reads: “On Friday he scored the decisive goal in the 2-1 home win over Belarus and then on Tuesday night he netted the opener as reigning champions Spain defeated Georgia 2-0 to secure themselves a place in Brazil next year.
“That was Negredo’s fourth goal in his last five Spain appearances and he came close to adding to that tally several times against the Georgians, including a spectacular overhead kick which brought a fingertip save from visiting goalkeeper Giorgi Loria, as he enjoyed the chance to lead the line for La Roja.
‘I’m very grateful for every minute I get on the pitch and I try to make the most of my chances. It’s always important to do that and I hope I get many more,’ the Manchester City striker said in AS.
“On the fight for a starting berth in attack for Spain, Negredo added: ‘We all come here fighting for the same objective, which is to play for our country and today I was lucky enough to play the entire game and score a goal.’”
Keep next summer’s schedule largely free, Alavaro…