What’s the deal with Manchester City?

July 26, 2010

The Premier League begins play on August 14, and on September 1 all clubs must submit a 25 man roster. They can add players unlimited players under 21. 8 of those 25 players have to be English. Here’s City’s roster, but keep in mind that they are still chasing James Milner, Fernando Torres, and Mario Balotelli…among others:

Goalies:
Shay Given
Joe Hart
Taylor/Gonzalez

Defenders
Aleksandar Kolarov
Jerome Boateng
Wayne Bridge
Vincent Kompany
Joleon Lescott
Micah Richards
Nedum Onuoha (27 starts season before last)
Kolo Toure
Pablo Zabaleta

Midfielders
David Silva
Gareth Barry
Nigel de Jong
Stephen Ireland (City Player of the Year season before last)
Yaya Toure
Adam Johnson
Michael Johnson (23 City starts season before last)
Patrick Vieira
Shaun Wright-Phillips

Forwards
Jo
Craig Bellamy
Carlos Tevez
Roque Santa Cruz
Emmanuel Adebayor
Robinho

I didn’t doublecheck, but I’m fairly certain none of these players are under 21.

City has to sell. That’s over 25 right there, and all fairly big names in their own right. Jo obviously is out the door, and there are a few names that are significantly less likely to be there than others. But City isn’t even done buying, as you can practically guarantee Torres and/or Balotelli. And Milner looks probable as well.

UPDATE: I forgot Robinho, of all people, the first time around. I should probably note that I have a soft spot in my heart for City because Claudio Reyna was captain there.

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