Mail: Navas has arrived at last
- 21 August 2013 09:35
- Posted by @dclayton_mcfc
Jesus Navas made an instant impact on his Premier League debut against Newcastle.
The Spaniard impressed the City fans with his speed, skill and work-rate and looks destined to be a firm favourite at the Etihad Stadium this season.
The Daily Mail’s Chris Wheeler has written an excellent, revealing feature on the winger this morning.
Writes Wheeler: “Jesus Navas knew he had the kind of devastating pace that can cause damage on a football field when his old club Sevilla put the gifted young winger on a speed machine at their sports science centre. He was so quick he broke it.
Navas, who has run the 100 metres in 10.8 seconds, would have been on a fast track from that moment were it not for bouts of homesickness that threatened to derail his career
“Now a World Cup and European Championship winner with Spain and a key member of Manuel Pellegrini’s £90million revolution at Manchester City this summer, the 27-year-old has fulfilled his early promise.”
Oliver Holt from the Daily Mirror featured in this column yesterday and he’s here again with an overview of Manuel Pellegrini’s first few months in charge of the Blues.
Of course, it’s early days yet but Holt believes the Chilean has already had a telling effect on the players and the Club as a whole.
He writes: “And all quiet at City. No rows, no headlines, no transfer sagas, no fuss, no controversy. And then after the rest of the Premier League had made their opening statements, Monday at the Etihad felt like an explosion of joy.
“Newcastle were rank, yes. That cannot be overstated. But there was an exuberance about City’s play that had not been there before.
“They played with verve and enthusiasm and ebullience. They looked like they were revelling in their talent rather than being weighed down by it.
“Jesus Navas, one of Pellegrini’s new signings, ran the show from the right side. His control and his assurance were bewitching.
“Edin Dzeko played like the complete centre-forward (apart from scoring a goal), Yaya Toure oozed class and scored a superb free-kick.
“David Silva was quicksilver, Joleon Lescott did not put a foot wrong, Sergio Aguero may not have been fully fit but he was fully ruthless.”
“I watched the game and they were very good,” said Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho. "No doubt about it. They bought fantastic players, they have a fantastic squad and they looked very, very good.
“When you look at the players they didn’t have on the pitch, and some were not even on the bench, the squad is amazing. They are a fantastic team and an amazing squad.”
High praise indeed…