Tuesday, January 15, 2008

City’s worst nightmare: Premiership giants at the gate

Micah Richards is holding out for big money. Stalled contract talks have England’s big 4 clubs watching closely as the finest young defender in world may be on his way. Arsenal, Manchester United, Liverpool and Chelsea would probably climb over each other for a shot at Richards. Should a move away from Manchester City become a reality, you’ll see a bidding war that has never been seen for a defender before.

City fans hope that the stall is part of the process of negotiations, with Richards apparently wanting 70k pounds per week and the club offering around 50k pounds. The offer on the table would see Richards the highest paid player at the club by a mile. But 70k is not too much considering the talent and the big 4 won’t hesitate one iota forking up the cash. A defender with his pace and leaping ability is a very rare commodity and City has had a lot of success this season because of him. Just consider how many goal saving tackles that have been shown on Match of the Day.

Richards departing would be a nightmare for City fans and you can’t blame the club, they are doing everything they can to keep him. Will money trump the young man’s loyalty? It usually does.

You can’t fault Micah Richards for having aspirations but if City should land in the Champions League next season there is no reason to leave. Personally, he should stay 2-3 more years regardless and really cement his abilities in a place which will be forgiving and appreciative.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

He wont stay long term, but no way he'll leave just yet. I'd be gutted if he did, but he won't.

1/15/2008 9:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Richards will become a liverpool player!

1/15/2008 9:43 PM  
Blogger steve said...

Richards wont become a Liverpool player. They cant afford him

1/15/2008 9:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nah, he'll go to a club that has a chance of winning things.

1/15/2008 9:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why should it be a 'nightmare' as you put it? Good player yes, but not at 75K per week, before he's 20. Let the so called big 4 fight it out for him and we'll take the profit (minus the 20% to Oldham) We have Charlie and Ned to fill in if he goes and I'm sure the academy has a prospect or two on the conveyor belt.

1/15/2008 9:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

cant afford 'em?

you 'avin a laugh? ise 'avin a laugh?

you city shite cant afford to pay him a wage

1/15/2008 9:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

He's a great talent to be sure, but we should not be held to ransom and if someone offers us silly money for him, we'd be mad not to take it. Say £25m for Richards would buy us a pretty tidy striker or perhaps even two. Or maybe we could buy Distain back *and* have a striker. Let's not get too emotional about this. If Richards wants out, then cherio!

1/15/2008 10:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Arsenal have won nothing since 2005 so I doubt he would go there. He will go to Man United, Chelsea or Liverpool, clubs who have actually won trophies in the last couple of years.

1/15/2008 10:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Richards is welcome to leave we have not missed him when he hasnt played we have players to replace him, anyone who ges week in week out knows who i mean! 75K per week? stupid money for the boy. As for who he would sign for... Utd, Liverpool an Chelsea can dream as he's an Arsenal fan and wants to play for them, his words this week. he will leave but not this month and doubt in the summer, h has lernt the lesson after SWP left and didnt get into the chelsea or england squads!

1/15/2008 10:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

lmao, Man United will not get Richards, you really think Sven & thaksin would sell the best prospect yet to United & face the barrage from city fans, he will not go to United as City will deny their attempt & rather let him go to chelsea or Arsenal, Arsenal being his own choice.

1/16/2008 1:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can only assume that those who rave about Micah have not seen him play, week in, week out. Believe me, the "saving tackles" are balanced by his mis-tackles, missed tackles, poor positional play, nehative distribition and so on. He was responsible against Everton for Lescott as he did his usual fall-asleep jog out.

Who failed to challenge Santa Cruz twice? Have you seen him just jog around to get back into position??? I could go on. If Richards looks good, it's because of unfashionable Richard Dunne. When Dunne didn't play too well for a couple of games, neither did Michah, and when Micah played a few stinkers, Dunne spent all his time trying to cover up his mistakes, being out of position etc. For such a leaper, tell me why he has failed to score a goal from a corner all season, in fact, he has scored only one goal in 75 games for City...tell me when he ever gets his head on the ball in the oppositions box? The amount, BTW, when all things are considered is 75K per week. If you want to know what Sven really thinks, try this from yesterday, talking about Corluka:

"His best position is centre-half. That is where his future lies."

I wonder what this means? That is the 75 thousand stirling question. Is Richard Dunne about to get the boot? How long until this future lies in the present? When Dunne moves on? Or...

Micah is conducting his negotiations in public. NOT the way to get on Sven's or Franks good side. Essentially he is holding the club to ransom, causing dissension in the dressing room (when we just got rid of Barton, another big head ego maniac), blowing the wage-merit structure to hell and all whilst hawking himself.

If you think all City fans would be sad to see Ricahrds go, you aren't spending enough time on City forums and websites.

Stick to disabled toilet tricks moi sahn and get ye hence. Thanks for the profit.

1/16/2008 5:27 AM  

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