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Will Paul ever see the light?

  • 20 August 2011 10:25
  • Posted by David Clayton

So what exactly has Paul Merson got against City?

The former Arsenal midfielder rarely gives the Blues any credit in his role as a Sky Sports pundit and he continues the theme in his column in the Daily Star this morning.

Typical of the snipes Merson has on a weekly basis on TV, he is at least consistent in his latest Star feature ‘Sergio Aguero not that hot’.

Beginning with the line, “I said Sergio Aguero was no Carlos Tevez, and I stand by that.” This based on less than half a game and the opposition being Swansea City. But there’s more ...

Merson continues: “I watch Roberto Mancini and he looks like he can upset players, and they can upset him. However well they do, there will be rumbles coming out of that club. And Mancini is too cautious. He reminds me of George Graham. They would both rather win 1-0 than 5-2.

“There’s nothing wrong with that, but when United go away from home they try to win every time. City went away last season and played as though they were trying not to lose.”

We’ll have to presume Merson didn’t see last season’s Manchester derby at the Etihad Stadium then when the Reds were anything but adventurous! Whatever his gripe, the Blues have clearly upset the ex-Gunner at some point and no doubt Sergio will prove him wrong in the coming months.

While the Samir Nasri stories rumble on, there’s a good mix of press conference quotes and Carlos Tevez snippets knocking around, too.

The main focus is on the clutch of former first-team players who currently can’t find a home – stories that will last up until 31 August at the very least.

Alan Nixon in the Daily Mirror reckons one deal looks like a real possibility with crowd favourite Shaun Wright-Phillips a target for QPR.

He writes: “Rangers' new owner Tony Fernandes has given manager Neil Warnock the cash to offer Manchester City £2million for the England winger and the Premier League new boys are clear to speak to the London-born star about moving back to the capital on the wages he wants.”

Nixon says Bolton will battle with QPR for Wrighty’s signature but the Londoners may have the edge given their new financial muscle. It looks like it’s going to be a hectic few days on the transfer front involving the Blues. What’s new, right?



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