Football FanCast columnist Tom Jones thinks that it is far too early to write off Lescott, however wonders if he is the right man for Manchester City.
When Manchester City manager Mark Hughes made his intentions clear in the summer that Everton defender Joleon Lescott was a player that he desperately wanted in his team I was somewhat surprised. Over two months into the season, Lescott has yet to fully settle at the City of Manchester Stadium and some criticism has started to come his way. His manager has launched to his defence, but come the end of the season, will Lescott prove to be a sound investment for Man City?
The Joleon Lescott transfer saga in the summer was one of the main talking points pre-season, and Everton made sure that they got every penny possible from Man City for the defender. If I was David Moyes I would have been delighted to receive £24 million for Lescott and would have questioned the wisdom of City if they didn’t have billions of pounds in the bank. City manager Mark Hughes obviously saw something in Lescott that he really liked and made him a top transfer priority. Everton have also struggled this season, and although injuries have played a large role in this, the loss of Lescott also has to be seen as a contributing factor. Lescott is a decent player, and it is far too early to write him off, but is he good enough to lead City to the Premier League title that they desire?
Lescott has impressed at every club that he has played for during his career so far. After a long spell at Wolves, he moved to Everton in 2006 and in the next few seasons consistently proved himself at the top level. He was voted Players’ Player of the Season for two years running and made his debut for England in 2007, winning eight international caps to date. Lescott who can also play at left back, is a strong central defender who formed a good partnership last season with Phil Jagielka and with be looking to do the same this campaign with Kolo Toure. But after a less than impressive start at his new club including a below par performance against Fulham, does Lescott have what it takes to be a first-choice defender at a top four club?
His manager Mark Hughes obviously has faith in him. He told The Times that “I’ve no doubt Joleon will be an outstanding player for many, many years and people will see that very quickly.” Hughes was also quick to point out that “the more games Joleon and Kolo play, the better they will gel as a pair.” This will inevitably be the case, but if you offered City fans two defenders at the start of the season, I’m sure that Lescott and Toure wouldn’t have been at the top of the list.
Only time will time as to whether Lescott will prove to be a shrewd investment despite City paying well over the odds for the defender. It is far too early to write Lescott off, but it will be interesting to see how he deals with the sort of pressure and criticism that he won’t have experienced in his career so far. But do City fans think that Lescott will go from strength to strength, and does he have the ability to help City to some silverware this season?