Possible squad for 2010/11 update

Previously we looked at how City’s squad might look following the introduction of the Premier League’s new rules regarding squad sizes.

Below is an update following the confirmation of new deals for Patrick Vieira and Jerome Boateng.

The club are clearly hoping to sign Yaya Toure, which would surely complete the central midfield roles. Either Zlatan Ibrahimovic or Edzin Dzeko appear to be first choice for a striking vacancy. We have been linked with others but it’s difficult to see how they would fit in.

Full-back remains the biggest mystery. It’s not clear where Boateng’s first choice position will be. At left-back we’ve been linked Aleksandar Kolarov, though Real Madrid and Inter Milan are favourites to sign the Serbian.

If Boateng is considered a new right-back, then it would leave room for either Nedum Onuoha or Micah Richards to stay.

Whichever one of David Silva or Angel Di Maria doesn’t sign for Real Madrid could be our first choice as a new winger. Whether we get them is another matter.

If we succeed in signing James Milner, then it’s difficult to see where another playmaker would fit into the squad unless Stephen Ireland was to leave.

As I said last time, City could face over 60 games next season if they go far in the Europa League. 30 something games should be the optimum for any player so it’s not simply about having a good first choice eleven. They’re rarely all fit and available at any given time.


  • Joe Hart (home grown).
  • Shay Given (home grown).
  • Stuart Taylor (home grown). Gunnar Nielsen could be an alternative.

Full backs:

  • Pablo Zabaleta (also midfield, left-back).
  • Wayne Bridge (home grown).
  • New left back – David Luiz (also central defence), Aleksandar Kolarov.
  • New right back – Leonardo Bonucci. This position may be occupied by Boateng, Nedum Onuoha or Micah Richards.

Central defenders:

  • Vincent Kompany (also midfield).
  • Joleon Lescott (home grown).
  • Jerome Boateng (also right-back).
  • Kolo Toure.

Central midfielders:

  • Gareth Barry (home grown).
  • Nigel de Jong.
  • Patrick Vieira.
  • Michael Johnson (home grown).
  • New midfielder – Yaya Toure, Javi Martínez, Fernando Gago, Mathieu Flamini, Lassana Diarra.

Creative midfielders:

  • Stephen Ireland (home grown).
  • New creative midfielder – James Milner (home grown, also winger), Steven Gerrard (home grown), Marek Hamsek, Mesut Ozil, Yoann Gourcuff.


  • Adam Johnson (home grown).
  • Craig Bellamy (home grown).
  • Shaun Wright-Phillips (home grown).
  • New winger – David Silva, Angel Di Maria.


  • Emmanuel Adebayor.
  • Carlos Tevez.
  • New striker to replace Santa Cruz – Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Edzin Dzeko, Mario Balotelli (also winger).

Additional U-21 players:

  • Vladimir Weiss (possible loanee).
  • Dedryck Boyata (possible loanee).
  • Alex Nimely.
  • David Ball.
  • Abdisalam Ibrahim.
  • Gregory Cunningham.
  • Andrew Tutte.
  • Ryan McGivern (possible loanee).
  • Alex Henshall.

Confirmed departures:

  • Benjani.
  • Karl Moore.
  • Martin Petrov.
  • Sylvinho.

Other resulting departures:

  • Gunnar Nielsen or Stuart Taylor.
  • David Gonzalez.
  • Kelvin Etuhu (home grown).
  • Micah Richards (home grown).
  • Nedum Onuoha (home grown, also right-back).
  • Javier Garrido.
  • Roque Santa Cruz.
  • Javan Vidal (home grown).
  • Robinho.
  • Jo.
  • Felipe Caicedo.
  • Valeri Bojinov.
  • Shaleum Logan (home grown).
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  1. no need for another right back. (prefer nedum to stay)
    players needed
    a left back (what about vidal? don’t sell him.)
    a defensive mid
    even if milner comes, a playmaker. and if milner does come, no need to break the bank for silva or di-maria. not needed (but well, have to sell some shirts too)
    a striker. (i will say give bojinov a full season and then there are kids too. ball and nimley.

  2. My 25 man squad to kik ass.

    Joe Hart (home grown).
    Shay Given (home grown).
    Pablo Zabaleta
    Wayne Bridge (home grown).
    Vincent Kompany .
    Joleon Lescott (home grown).
    Jerome Boateng
    Kolo Toure.
    Micah Richards (home grown).
    Nedum Onuoha (home grown).
    Stephen Ireland (home grown).
    Gareth Barry (home grown).
    Nigel de Jong.
    Patrick Vieira.
    James Milner (home grown
    Michael Johnson (home grown).
    Adam Johnson (home grown).
    Craig Bellamy (home grown).
    Shaun Wright-Phillips (home grown).
    Emmanuel Adebayor.
    Carlos Tevez.
    Robinho.* swap if possible but love to watch (gutted about his demeanor )

    Yoann Gourcuff.
    Edzin Dzeko.
    Torres. Torres & Teves TnT thats dynamite explosive!!
    Yaya Toure.* swap if possible for Robinho but Robi is worth more!!

    CTID just renewed my ticket get in!!

  3. How are Stephen Ireland, Shay Given “home grown”. They’re Irish.

    • Jem, they’re classed as homegrown because they spent three years with English clubs prior to being 21. Vladimir Weiss will also be classed as ‘home grown’ despite the fact he’s currently with Slovakia at the World Cup! Them’s the rules.

  4. i hope man city will buy smartly!

    sell: RSC-SWP-Bellamy-garrido-ireland-onuoha-richards-caicedo-jo-robinho-bojinov-etuhu-logan-vidal

    promote: Ibrahim-boyata-cunningham- (bench/res)

    buy: boateng- d.silva -yayatoure-

    vargas or kolarov << for Left back
    aguero or quagiarella << for strikers
    hamsik or Sanchez(chile) << for wing forwards/att mid

    lineup:4-3-1-2 Gk: given
    df: Toure – Kompany
    wdf: Bridge(vargas) – boateng
    mid: dejong – yayatoure – barry(hamsik)
    attmid: d.silva
    strikers: Aguero(quagiarella) – tevez

  5. please Mancio sell mancity flops RSC-SWP-garrido-ireland-onuoha-richards-caicedo-jo-robinho-bojinov-etuhu-logan-

    buy>> Hamsik <> YAYAtoure<> Aguero<< (forms a good partnership with tevez and can play on the wings and striker he cost 40Mpounds and he is far better than DZEKO .

    gk: Hart-given-nielsen

    df-wb : boateng-toure-kompany-lescott-boyata-bridge-zabaleta-cunningham-vidal-(yaya toure*)-(Barry*)

    mid-w: dejong-yayatoure-barry-hamsik-silva-a.johnson-bellamy-vieira-

    st: tevez-adebayor-aguero-(bellamy*)-(hamsik*)

    loan all other young players

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