Micah Richards can’t seem to get a look in these days. The Manchester City defender had been given high hopes and expectations by pundits and fans alike when he made his first England senior debut in November 2006. He was performing so well, that at the time he was the number one choice for the right-back slot, for country and club…So where has it all gone wrong for the 21-year-old?
Richards could consider himself to be in a ‘wrong place, wrong time’ situation at present. Manchester City have new owners, who have invested a colossal amount of money to help bring the club back to the ‘big time’. The club have also hired a high profile manager in Roberto Mancini, which, unluckily for Micah, prefers Pablo Zabaleta and Nedum Onuoha ahead of him.
This season Richards has made 19 appearances in the Premiership, scoring 2 times in the process. The player would have hoped for more starts, especially in a world cup season, unfortunately this has not been the case for him. Mancini has not shut the door completely on Richards future, but with the summer fast approaching there maybe a growing anxiety in the young defender’s mind as to what his future holds.
So what now for the versatile defender? With new signings guaranteed in the next transfer window, should the player be considering his options?
Richard’s possible exodus from Manchester City will surely spark a foray in the transfer market from a whole host of clubs, should he decide to leave. Sky Sports have reported that Tottenham are leading the chase for Micah’s signature when the window opens in July. It is also understood that Arsenal, Aston Villa and Liverpool are among other clubs interested in the player, and are considering making bids in the next window. City will want to retain the services of the player and are said not to be keen on letting him go. However, should a good price be offered, and subject to who the club bring in this summer, it will almost seem certain that the players future at the Manchester club will be over.
Micah Richards unquestionably has the mobility and mentality to succeed and become a great player in the future, whether this be at City or not is up to him. He needs to be a regular starter and play football week in week out if he wishes to achieve his targets. Richards will also believe in his mind (even at this stage of the season) that he has done enough this season to book his ticket to South Africa in June…only Capello can make this call.
Micah Richards has shown in the past that he is capable of performing at the highest level, but is it now time for the powerful centre-back to move on?
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