Normally here at the Transfer Tavern we specialise in scurrilous rumours however sometimes we enjoy a simple nailed on transfer, and this appears to be the case with Nigerian born but Manchester raised defender Nedum Onuoha.
There are many Manchester City fans out there, myself included that wish Onuoha could have a future at The City of Manchester Stadium, his career with City however looks to be cut short by Roberto Mancini who for various reasons does not fancy the electric defender.
Onuoha has demonstrated himself to be determined both on and off the field throughout his life. A rarity in modern football the defender juggled education as well as football until he was 18. He famously achieved 8 A grades and 2 B grades in his GCSEs before going off to college while a member of the City academy where he managed to get three A’s at A-level, not bad really, could definitely give Burnley defender Clarke Carlisle a run for his money on Mastermind.
As well as excelling in the classroom and on the football field, the youngster was also an extremely talented sprinter clocking up times quicker than current leading British sprinter Craig Pickering. To further add to the players skillset when in school he also set a record in the triple jump, horrendously talented all in all!
After graduating from the Manchester City academy he started appearing for the first team in the 04-05 season under Kevin Keegan. The defenders obvious talents however were overshadowed at times by a series of injuries that kept him out of contention for long spells and he gradually slipped down the pecking order. Always a crowd favourite however, when he did turn out for the first team he was always adept and put in some excellent performances.
With the signings of Jerome Boateng, and the good form of Micah Richards and Pablo Zabaleta, it became apparent at the start of this campaign that he would struggle for games at City and he was loaned to Sunderland where he has played at a good level.
Steve Bruce recently has hailed the defender and talked about the possibility of making the move permanent saying:
“Nedum Onuoha is a bright boy, a good defender, great to have around and has made a huge contribution….We will make that a permanent deal at £2.5m. He has been fantastic in his first year in the Premier League.”.
The quote is a bit odd in that he has played in the Premier League numerous times before, but moving on….The player is naturally a centreback but is also capable at filling in at right back where his electric pace can be a real asset coming forwards. His strength, reading of the game and aerial ability also help make him a good quality defender, the only real flaw in his game is that sometimes his passing and distribution is not the best.
It seems a close certainty that Onuoha will move on a permanent basis this Summer, whilst I still think he could offer something at City it seems clear that Mancini doesn’t believe he is good enough for a team challenging at the very top of the Premier League. Sunderland are signing a great player, and if he can remain fit he could become a top player for them, and me and I’m sure all other City fans will hope he achieves it and has a long future ahead of him.
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