Goodness gracious me, Jerome Boateng turned out to be quite rubbish at Manchester City, didn’t he?
Arriving alongside Aleksander Kolarov, David Silva and Yaya Toure in 2010, the £10million summer signing from Hamburg failed miserably to hit the heights of his new teammates in a short Premier League career he will want to forget in a hurry.
The writing was on the wall from the word go. Before the big German even kicked a ball in the sky blue of City he got injured – by, believe it or not, an air-hostess running into his knee with a drinks trolley as he made his way back from international duty with Die Mannschaft. We find ourselves wondering how well that one would hold up in PE class…ranks up there with the dog ate my homework, or a personal favourite – my printer ran out of ink.
Almost always picked to play right-back as Joleon Lescott (he was good once upon a time, remember) and Kolo Toure battled it out to partner alongside Mr City, Vincent Kompany, in the middle. However, even in football’s least competitive position, Jerome Boateng failed miserably to make his mark on the team. Most likely because he wasn’t a full-back – as his illustrious Bayern career would suggest – and also because, quite simply, he wasn’t very good.
The German made just 16 appearances in the Premier League, five in Europe and three in the FA Cup (per Transfermarkt) – most of them arriving in the preliminary rounds, presumably because he couldn’t be trusted – before being offloaded back to Germany, a shrivelled and useless waste of time.
Quite simply, the word ‘forgettable’ springs to mind when analysing Boateng’s City experience.
Manchester City fans, just how bad was Boateng? Was it disappointing to see how well he did at Bayern? Let us know in the comments below!