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A Citizen Abroad ; City are looking at a huge Home Grown problem

With the mass exodus of home grown players this week, and Manchester City’s failure to sign any home grown players that have panned out in the last few years, the club find themselves in a very dangerous position.




Before we dive too far into the Citizen’s squad and who is or isn’t home grown, I think it is vital that we all understand what exactly qualifies a player to be home grown under FA and UEFA rules. So to start, we’ll do a primer on the squad rules for the Premier League and the Champions. Get your note pads out kids.

First, the Premier League.

  1. Each team can only register 25 players over the age of 21.
  2. No more than 17 of those players can be non-HG. So basically you need at least 8 HG players to carry a full 25 of over-21’s.
  3. A HG player, as defined by the Premier League is, “a player who, irrespective of his nationality or age, has been registered with any club affiliated to the Football Association or Welsh Football Association for a period, continuous or not, of three entire seasons or 36 months prior to his 21st birthday (or the end of the season during which he turns 21).”
  4. Under 21 players do not have to be registered, as they do not count against the 25 player roster.

For the Champions League, the rules are essentially the same. The only difference is that the age range that a player has to be trained in country is 15 – 21.

Three first team players remain at the club that count as Home Grown under these rules. Those players are: Joe Hart, Richard Wright, and Gael Clichy. It is worth noting that Richard Wright has not made a first team appearance in the 3 years that he has been at Manchester City. Wright is essentially there only to meet the quota, which is a spot wasted in my opinion. It is necessary, but it says a lot about our recent transfer policy.

City already have 17 non-HG players at the club. This means that City will either have to buy/promote 5 HG players this summer, or name a reduced squad come next season. Luckily, there will be a few players returning from loan that could be promoted to fill these HG spots, but not enough to fill every spot.

Players returning from loan this summer include:

  1. Karim Rekik, 20 (Home Grown)
  2. Marcos Lopes, 19 (Home Grown)
  3. Seko Fofana, 20 (Not HG yet)
  4. Jason Denayer, 19 (Not HG yet)
  5. Bruno Zuculini, 22 (Not HG)

Just because some of these players are not HG does not mean that we can’t use them. In order for Zuculini to play, however, someone would have to be sold to open up a spot. In the case of Fofana or Denayer, they would not need to be registered because they are under 21. Personally, I think both Fofana and Denayer will be loaned out for one more season so that they can get meaningful minutes in a top league.

So, hypothetically, let’s say that Rekik and Lopes stay at the club and are registered as part of the 25 man squad. We will still need 3 more HG players to either be purchased or promoted from the Elite Development Squad. Because I’m sick in the head, I have compiled a list of players that would all qualify as Home Grown that I believe are realistic targets, and one dream target. The list is in no particular order, and the majority are not backed by any rumors. Every player on the list does fill a need that I currently see at the club.

Player Name, Position, Age Current Club
Raheem Sterling, Wing/Attacking Mid, 20 Liverpool
Ross Barkley, CM/Attacking Mid, 21 Everton
Will Hughes, CM, 20 Derby County
John Stones, CB, 21 Everton
Nathaniel Clyne, RB, 24 Southampton
Kieran Trippier, RB, 24 Burnley
Charlie Austin, ST, 25 QPR
Fabian Delph, CM, 25 Aston Villa
Jack Grealish, Winger, 19 Aston Villa
James Ward-Prowse, CM, 20 Southampton
James McCarthy, CDM, 24 Everton
Danny Rose, LB, 24 Tottenham
Eric Dier, CB/sometime RB, 21 Tottenham
Aaron Cresswell, LB, 25 West Ham
Gareth Bale, Winger, 25 Real Madrid (This is the farfetched one)
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Winger, 21 Arsenal
Theo Walcott, Winger/ST, 26 Arsenal
Andrew Robertson, LB, 21 Hull


No matter how you look at it, City have their work cut out for them this summer. I believe that Txiki, Vieira, and Pellegrini have spent plenty of time mulling things over. I just wonder who Txiki will be buying for, Pellegrini or his successor. This summer will be fascinating, and pivotal for the future of our club. Grab a pint, put your scarf on, and let’s see what the club have in store for us.

Please share and comment what you think about the post or what you think City should do.

Until next time Blues…

Joey McCune

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A Citizen Abroad : What does City do if James Milner leaves?

If James Milner leaves, City are losing more than just the most versatile player in the Premier League.


For months we have all been reading about the stalled contract negotiations between the Blues and James Milner. For some, a certain fear is starting to creep in. What do we do if he leaves?

Milner leaving creates a number of problems for the club. The most obvious being that the Champions would be losing arguable the most consistent and versatile players in the league. This, however, is just the tip of the iceberg.

If City’s number 7 decides to take his talents to Scouse Beach, or wherever else, it will leave the club with three less home grown players than it started this season with. James Milner, Frank Lampard, and presumably Scott Sinclair will all be out the door.

As we know all too well, there are certain roster requirements in regards to home grown players for the Premier League and Champions League. Should these three players leave, we would be left with only four members of the current squad that qualify as home grown. Dedryck Boyata, Gael Clichy, Joe Hart, and Richard Wright. This puts the club in a situation that it has never before been in. Add in the inflated prices of English players and the ever watching eyes of Platini and his friends at UEFA, and you can see how this summer could become vital for our club.

Before getting into what we can do, we need to lay down the rules. For the Premier League and Champions League, we must have a 25 man squad list (U-21s do not need to be registered), 8 of which must be classified as home grown. In order to be classified as home grown, a player must have to be English or to have trained at any English club(s) for at least 3 years between the ages of 15 and 21.

The easiest way to cover two of those spots is to retain two of our currently loaned out players, next season. I think that City should keep Marcos Lopes (currently at Lille) and Karim Rekik (currently at PSV) at the club next season. With Demichelis coming to the end of his career and our creative players often picking up injuries, these two players could fill in without missing a beat.

The next step is to pick up a quality veteran player, who is classified as home grown, and that can still do a job for the club. The first name that pops to mind is Aaron Lennon. The winger just joined Everton on loan from Spurs, and I believe still has a few tricks up his sleeve. Also, Lennon’s contract with Tottenham is up at the end of June. This means that City could potentially get the player on a free. How’s that for good business, Txiki and Ferran?

We now come to the most difficult acquisition. The final spot will require us to splash a bit of cash. I have narrowed my list down to four options that classify as home grown, and could provide quality for City for a number of years to come.

At the top of my list is Nathaniel Clyne. The right back from Southampton has showed flashes of brilliance over the past two seasons, and has been called into Roy Hodgson’s national team. Should he join City, he would be able to learn from the best in business in Pablo Zabaleta, and would eventually be able to take over the job once Zaba had lost a few steps. Fabian Delph of Aston Villa is next on the list. Delph provides the work rate of Milner in the middle of the park that we sometimes lack. Third would be James McCarthy of Everton is a great deep lying playmaker, and could grow into one of the best around at City. The Irishman has great vision and a great range of passing, and would be able to learn from some wonderful players in Manchester. Lastly, we have James Ward-Prowse. The young Southampton midfielder has really made a name for himself this season and looks to have all the tools to make him a very good Premier League and England midfielder.

As you can see, there are options out there. The issue is whether or not we can get our top targets without having to pay over the odds. If James Milner decides to move on, the effect on our summer plans will be extraordinary.

Joey McCune


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West Ham Preview!

Soccer - Barclays Premier League - West Ham United v Manchester City - Upton Park


Who: West Ham United v Manchester City

When: October 25, 2014 at 12:45 PM (6:45 AM CST)

Where: Boleyn Ground, London, England

Where to watch: Londoner Frisco


Pre Match Facts Run Down

  • West Ham have earned only 1 point in their last 6 Premier League meetings with Manchester City
  • Manchester City beat West Ham 4 times last year (twice in the Premier League, twice in the League Cup)
  • West Ham have 4 wins this season, a number they didn’t reach until January of last season
  • City are unbeaten in their last 5 Premier League matches, the second longest streak in the league
  • Sergio Aguero’s 9 goals in the opening 8 matches has never been bettered in Premier League history. He has 4 away goals already this season, Aguero has never scored more than 7 on the road in a season
  • Diafra Sakho is only the second player in Premier League history to score in each of his first 5 starts
  • West Ham have only allowed 7 clear chances on goal this season


Manchester City Injuries

Samir Nasri (surgery) – Out

Frank Lampard (hamstring) – Out


West Ham Injuries

Mauro Zarate (knock) – Questionable

James Tomkins (hip/thigh) – Questionable

Guy Demel (hip/thigh) – Questionable

Cheikhou Kouyate (groin) – Questionable

Andy Carroll (ankle/foot) – Out

 Possible Line-up for God’s Own team

west ham away lineup

Our Blues will be looking to rebound after a sub-optimal match against CSKA Moscow on Tuesday. The Hammers will be looking pick up at least a point and move themselves up the table as they try to avoid the drop zone this season. A City win would be a huge boost for the club as it would begin to inch the boys closer to league leaders Chelsea. Last year City battered West Ham 4 times, and there’s no reason why they can’t do it again! So set multiple alarms, put on your kit, and get up to the pub! Get ready to sing loud BMD, because the sound of Fat Sam’s lips smacking together could drown out a jet engine! We can’t wait to see you up at the Heart of the City and cheer on THE CHAMPIONS!!

(Who da fuq is) Joey McCune


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Tottenham Preview!


Who: Manchester City v Tottenham Hotspur

When: October 18, 2014 at 12:45 PM (6:45 AM in Dallas)

Where: Etihad Stadium, Manchester, England

Where to watch: Londoner Frisco

 Pre Match Facts Run Down

  • City have won 6 out of the last 7 against Tottenham
  • The last 6 matches between the two clubs have produced 30 goals; City have scored 22 of the 30
  • Dzeko has scored 6 in 6 against Tottenham, Aguero has scored 5 in 5
  • Manchester City have gone 2 home matches without a win (L1, D1)
  • Tottenham have won just 3 out of their last 11 away matches in the Premier League
  • City will be without Fernandinho (hamstring) , Mangala (gingivitis) and Samir Nasri (groin surgery)
  • Spurs will be without Kyle Walker (surgery) and Kyle Naughton (ankle); they will also have Nacer Chadli (hip/thigh) and Hugo Lloris (groin) facing late fitness tests

Probable Line-Up for THE CHAMPIONS


This match is crucial for both clubs coming off an international break. Our Blues will be looking to right some of the recent wrongs at home, and to continue their recent dominance of the north London club. Spurs will be looking pick up at least a point and move themselves into the top 4. A City win would be a huge boost for the club as it would inch the boys closer to league leaders Chelsea. This fixture has rarely been boring over the past 3 years, and surely will be one that you will want to catch live! So set 5 alarms, put on your kit, and get up to the pub! We can’t wait to see you up at the Heart of the City and cheer on the Pride of Manchester!!

Love always,

Joey McCune

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Roma Preview!!!


Who: Manchester City v AS Roma

When: September 30, 2014 at 1:45pm

Where: Etihad Stadium, Manchester, England

Where to watch: Londoner Frisco

Pre Match Facts Run Down

  • Manchester City have lost 3 straight in European competition
  • Manchester City have only won 1 out of their last 7 against Italian clubs
  • Roma has not a kept a clean sheet in their last 9 Champions League matches
  • Roma’s last match in the Champions League was a 5-1 win over CSKA Moscow
  • 3 out of City’s last 4 European matches have ended 1-1
  • Aguero has scored 5 in the last 5 Champions League matches at the Etihad
  • The top 3 passers on CL match day 1 were Miralem Pjanic, Radja Nainggolan, and Seydou Keita. These three players all play in Roma’s midfield triangle
  • Roma are undefeated this year in Serie A (W5 L0 D0) and have only conceded 1 goal
  • Roma average 61.66% possession in Serie A
  • Roma manager Rudi Garcia is the former manager of Lille. Some call him “The Gervinho Whisperer” as only he seems to be able to get the Ivorian winger to play up to his potential
  • Roma have a long list of injured players: Kevin Strootman, Frederico Balzaretti, Davide Astori, Marco Borriello, Leandro Castan, Juan Manuel Iturbe, Salih Ucan, and Daniele De Rossi.
  • Most of the injured players for Roma are defensive players, which could mean that City could run riot on an aging back line.

This match is sure to be full of excitement with two very attacking clubs going at it. If City win, it will put them in 1st place in the group headed into their matchup with CSKA Moscow. If you can get off work, we’d love to see you up at the Heart of the City and cheer on Manchester City!!

Joey McCune

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Arsenal Away Pre-Match Rundown

link-sopcast-arsenal-vs-man-city-1Who: Arsenal vs Manchester City

Where: Emirates Stadium, London

Where to Watch: Londoner Frisco

When: Saturday, September 13, 2014 at 6:45 AM


Injury Report


Aaron Ramsey – Ankle, must pass a late fitness test

Mesut Ozil – Ankle, questionable

Olivier Giroud – Foot, out

Serge Gnabry – Knee, out

Theo Walcott – ACL, out


Manchester City

Stevan Jovetic – Hamstring, out

Pablo Zabaleta – Knock, probable

Fernando – Groin, out



After purchasing Manchester born Danny Welbeck from Manchester United on Deadline Day, do Arsenal finally have a striker that will fit into their very technical system? Also, can Danny Welbeck prove his former club wrong and become a top striker?

Can Joe Hart prove his detractors wrong and get a firm grip on the number 1 shirt at Manchester City? While his failure to stop a goal against Stoke was not the sole reason for the loss, many people are already calling for new boy Willy Caballero.

Can Manchester City avenge their Community Shield loss to Arsenal? The Blues were beaten 3-0 at Wembley the weekend before the season started, and will be eager to right their previous wrong.

How will Manchester City kick off their “Hell Week?” Arsenal away on Saturday, followed by a trip to Munich on Wednesday, and wrapped up with a home game against Chelsea. A rough week for any club, surely. Will our boys be up for the hardest test of the season?


Set a few alarms, put on your sky blue, bring a friend, and get up the pub for what is sure to be a fantastic match! Can’t wait to see you all there as our boys take on the hipsters Gooners!!


Minister of Propaganda

Joey McCune

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A Citizen Abroad : Newcastle Away Review

445812_heroaThe Champions started the season off on the right foot with a 2-0 win away to Newcastle. While not the crispest performance you’ll ever see, the signs are there that our Blues are ready to make another run at the title.

Manuel Pellegrini set the team out in the same 4-4-2 (4-2-2-2 if you want to be picky) that he used for most of last season, and for the most part it looked just as good as last year. In attack it is very free flowing, with plenty of interchanging and overlap. While in defense there are two very rigid banks of four, and usually one striker tracking back to help out as well. My only two gripes with this system come down to squad selection, and how we use some of our players.

David Silva and Samir Nasri are two brilliant attacking players. No one would argue that. But, when you play them both the pitch becomes very narrow when we have possession. Defensively it is great to be compact, but when we have the ball, we need to be able to spread the opposition out. Silva and Nasri both tend to drift centrally to create for the strikers. When both of them drift towards the middle, and Yaya pushes up, and Jovetic drops back everything becomes extremely congested, and therefor easier to defend. This leads to our fullbacks being the only source of width in attack. This in turn leaves us susceptible to the counter attack. Don’t get me wrong, I love when fullbacks start bombing down the wing, but I’m not a fan of them being our only source of width.

Secondly, and this is more personal preference than anything else, I believe that Fernando could be one of the best players in the Premier League if we didn’t give him a partner in front of the back four. Fernando will cover every blade of grass from sideline to sideline whether he has a partner or not, he did this for years at Porto and that’s why we’ve bought him. So I suggest that we let him do just that. He clearly loves defending and breaking up play and going in for a tackle. His partner, Yaya, is not always so willing to get back in a hurry and defend. Eliminate this problem by playing Yaya ahead of Fernando. I know that I’m creating the congestion up the field again, but if Pellegrini is dead set on two strikers then I see this as a solution. 4-1-3-2. Fernando behind Yaya, Silva, and Nasri, who are behind two strikers. Even if our fullbacks go forward, we still have two center backs and Fernando waiting for the counter attack. But that’s just me thinking out loud.

Now that I’ve talked about the nerdy bits of football, let’s get down to how our boys actually performed today. I think all around we have to be very pleased by the squad. We looked much sharper than some of the other potential title contenders did this weekend, and that can only be a good thing. So now, let’s have a quick look at how we played today.

Joe Hart may not have had a whole lot to do, but when he was asked to do his job he performed well. Since it is early in the season, normally I would expect Joe to make a few mistakes, but this year is different. Joe has a genuine competitor for his spot for the first time since Shay Given was still at the club. You’ll remember that the last year Shay was around Joe was on fire. The competition created by Willy Caballero joining the club will only help Joe Hart perform better in goal than he has in the past few years.

In defense I think that we looked very solid today. The Kompany-Demichelis pairing looks to have picked up right where it left off last year. The two big men at the back kept everything organized and looked to very close to the best. Happy days. On the left, in my opinion, Aleks Kolarov looked magnificent. Under Pellegrini he has blossomed into one of the best left backs in the league, and his confidence seems to grow with every match. On the right…..here’s where people may disagree with me. I genuinely like Gael Clichy as a member of our back four. But I would never stick him on the right. He still gets forward well, but he’s only got one foot. So once he’s made it to the by-line he has to cut back to his left, or pass the ball. I thought defensively today he looked alright, but he definitely doesn’t seem comfortable having to defend to his right. Once our right backs are fit, I look forward to the rotation of Kolarov and Clichy on the left.

Fernando. What can you say about our new boy that hasn’t been said already? The man is an absolute rock in the middle of the park, and he never seems to tire. He has the brains of Gareth Barry, the engine of James Milner, and the tenacity of Nigel De Jong. I’m not sure you could ask for more from a defensive midfielder. His partner today was Yaya Toure, who definitely was not at 100%, but you could still see flashes of his brilliance. A few more matches and our Ivorian freight train will be back on the tracks. David Silva looked, if I may borrow from my idol Ray Hudson, MAGISTERIAL today. The little Spanish wizard popped up all over the pitch, and always seemed to find space. His goal was calmly taken, and hopefully we can get even more from Spanish Dave this season. You’d be hard pressed to find many better creators in the world game than David Silva. Samir Nasri, who I’ve not always been the kindest to, has really impressed me in the past 9 months. Today he showed a desire to get back and win the ball that I’d never seen from him before. Also, it looks as though he spent his summer in the gym when he wasn’t laying poolside with his smoking hot girlfriend because he is noticeably stronger and playing a much more physical style than I’d seen him do in the past. I’m expecting very big things from our midfield this year, and suspect that most clean sheets will come from the hard work of the men in the middle of the park.

Up front big Ed looked fantastic. While his first touch may not be as silky as some of his smaller teammates, the big man worked very hard today to hold up play and to track back. If we are lucky, we will see the classic number 9 that we bought from Wolfsburg a few years back. Pellegrini seems to have lit a fire in him this offseason, and with Negredo being injured, I suspect we will see the Bosnian Diamond doing his best to show that he deserves to be the number one big man in the squad. I would be remiss to not mention his assist for David Silva’s goal. Dzeko brought down a long pass from Yaya Toure and then, with telepathic accuracy, back heeled the ball into the path of Merlin who slotted it home. Brilliant stuff from the big man. His striker partner, Stevan Jovetic, has been absolutely lethal in preseason. Something about being in the US really woke up the Montenegrin, and he was scoring goals for fun. Today we saw a player who didn’t seem to understand what his role was, or what type of player he wanted to be. This is something that has been consistent throughout his career. Stevan Jovetic is not a classic striker, but he also isn’t a classic number 10. The problem is, he knows this. Stevan spends a lot of time trying to create chances, but no one is sure if he’s creating for himself or a teammate. It may sound as though I’m being negative about the player, but I can promise you that I am one of his biggest fans. Stevan, it seems, is trying so hard to prove that he belongs in the squad that he tends to overcook things. If he could calm down a bit, and know when to play simple and when to put on a show, I think that we would see his true quality. If he can figure out who he is, and what type of player he is going to be, Stevan Jovetic will be a world class player. But this, sadly, is a huge if. Jovetic was replaced by Kun Aguero late in the match, and the little Argentine did what he does best. Score. While we just got a small glimpse of the former Atletico man, there were some interesting points. First of all, Aguero looks like he’s been taking very good care of himself since the World Cup. His work ethic on the pitch seems to be very high as usual, and I expect to see him play with a bit of a chip on his shoulder this year. He’s just as sick as we are of seeing him go down injured every few matches. He has stated multiple times that he has started a new fitness regimen, and for his sake (and ours) I hope it works. A healthy Sergio Aguero, who plays 35-40 matches in all competitions, is easily capable of scoring 30 goals for us this season.

There are many things to be happy about if you’re a Blue these days. I think the most important thing for us today was our team spirit and belief. You didn’t see players having a go at each other. When mistakes were made, one player owned up to it, and everyone got on with the match. The players are happy and they want to work. The gaffer has got the players to work harder than they ever have, and they do it with a smile on their face. We are seeing the start of something very special my friends. Will there be ups and downs? Of course, this is Manchester City we’re talking about. But you can feel that something is happening. There is a sky blue storm brewing at Carrington, and we are all at the heart of that storm as it makes its way across the country, and the continent. Strap in blues, we’re in for one hell of a ride.


Until next time…


The Citizen Abroad

Joey McCune

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