Why a loan move would be in Man City’s best interests

Football FanCast guest columnist Tim Bridges feels that City should look to possibly loan Michael Johnson out and believes it would prove the best move all round.

When Michael Johnson first arrived on the scene at Manchester City, there was no doubting that Jim Cassell had polished another gem through the academy and he looked very much like our own Steven Gerrard in waiting. He took the step up to the Premier League like a duck to water, unfortunately 18months on he appeared to have sunk without trace.

There is no point going into the reasons for it as it has already been well documented, but his return to the subs bench against West Ham saw his long overdue return to the first team set-up and hopefully the start of him getting his career back on track. There isn't a Man City fan I know that doesn't want to see this kid fulfil his undoubted potential, but is there room for him to do this at Eastlands?

Johnson has been linked with a move to Tottenham this morning and why initially I didn't take too much notice of it, reading into the article, it did actually make a fair point about the obstacles that Johnson now faces in breaking into the first team; I mean how does he get in the team ahead of players like Ireland, De Jong, Kompany and Barry?

It begs the question then how many chances is he realistically going to get in order to get the games and match practice he needs, in order to complete his rehabilitation? Why I would hate to see him leave, especially to a rival like Tottenham, I do wonder whether it would be perhaps in the best interest of the player to move on. Maybe it would pay Mark Hughes and City to send Johnson out on loan to club like Tottenham in January, for the remainder of the season to gauge his fitness and see if he can replicate the level of performance he first showed when he first broke into the team under Sven, before deciding to move him out on a permanent basis. My view is that a loan would be the right decision for everyone involved and be in the best interests of Manchester City.