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Negredo and Nasri peaking at the right time?

  • 14 October 2013 08:14
  • Posted by @dclayton_mcfc

Alvaro Negredo and Samir Nasri are making the headlines this morning after impressing for their countries on Friday.

Negredo came off the bench to score a vital winner for Spain against Belarus while Nasri had a rare start for France who beat Australia comprehensively in a friendly.

For Negredo, his run of form couldn’t have come at a better time with Spain poised to qualify for next summer’s World Cup in Brazil – and the story has been picked up by Fifa.com.

They write: “Del Bosque sprung a surprise by starting Michu up front on his debut against the Belarusians, but it wasn't until Manchester City striker Negredo was introduced that they started to pose a more serious threat.

“And after Xavi had given the hosts the lead, it was Negredo who headed home his third goal in four internationals this season to make the game safe 15 minutes from time.

 

That goal took Negredo's overall tally for his country to nine in just 18 games at a very impressive strike rate of a goal every 78 minutes

 

...FIFA.com...

“And Del Bosque is expected to hand him a rare start in a competitive international as he looks to wrap up qualification in style.”

Moving on to Nasri, and the former Arsenal star has transferred his club form into the national team and is feeling loved again by his nation.

With his first start for Les Bleus for more nearly 16 months, Sportsmole pick up his post-match comments.

“The 26-year-old had not started a game for Les Bleus since Euro 2012, when was involved in a spat with a journalist following a quarter-final exit to Spain,” writes Michael Penkman.

‘An ideal comeback for me? I have stepped into line, I worked hard, accepted all the decisions to bring what I could bring,’ the former Marseille youngster told reporters.

‘I know what it is to not be in the French team anymore. During my absence, I could think about it a lot.

‘I have always been a candidate for the starting XI. I had a lot of things to be forgiven for and to show, but I am playing at a great club.’”

John Cross in the Daily Mirror reckons City are considering securing the future of defender Reece Wabara.

The Academy graduate has been on loan at Doncaster and, says Cross, his form may have earned him a new deal at the Etihad.

“Manchester City will give Wabara a new long-term contract – and a chance in the Premier League,” writes Cross.

“England under-20s right-back has impressed City while on loan at Doncaster in the Championship and convinced them he can graduate into their first team.

 

City are committed to giving their own home grown youngsters a chance and now see Wabara as having major potential for the future and will reward him with a first team contract

 

...Mirror...

“They are set to recall him in January and then put him in the Premier League squad.”

Finally, today’s worst-researched story appears in the Daily Mail’s Football Shorts column who write: “Galatasaray manager Roberto Mancini is planning to raid former club Manchester City for left-back Aleksandar Kolarov in January.

“The Serbia defender was angry about being substituted for Gael Clichy in the last home game against Everton and is available for £5m.”

Angry? The only thing Aleks was angry about was the deep gash above his eye that was gushing blood. THAT was what forced his substitution…

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