So Martin Petrov, Benjani and Sylvinho have all, probably reasonably, been released as Man City re-structure and usher in the new era. But where will these unfortunate petty little paupers go having been callously cast out the castle and onto the scrap-heap, a tear in their eye, blood on their cheek and without a single possession in the world.
Have a heart and give a man a home; there’s just about room for a blow-up bed on that floor, don’t be so selfish.
Given we don’t offer aid, where will they end up?
Out of the three, Petrov is the perhaps most ‘surprising’ departure (the inverted commas hovering above, indicating that this still isn’t actually that suprising). Signed by Sven, he enjoyed a notable early flourish at City, looked dangerous when at his finest and overall made nearly 60 Premier League appearances, scoring 9 league goals. The player has been linked with Tottenham on more than one occasion.
However, injures blighted his spell and with the likes of Bellamy, Wright-Phillips and Adam Johnson vying for similar roles, in addition to the option to splash out on a younger sexier model, he seems superfluous. So not needed at City, but if he can prove his fitness you would certainly expect interest from some Premier League clubs – those with less to spend and squads to strengthen (the half dozen clubs just outside the top seven perhaps) – or even a Europa League level European side.
Benjani probably carries less clout. Though he memorably scored the winner against Man United on his debut, the 31-year-old has been consistently on the fringe, also niggled by injuries, and was never likely to feature after the reinforcements of last summer. An unsuccessful loan spell at Sunderland, and Bruce’s decision not to make it permanent, means he may struggle to find a club. Perhaps, available on a free transfer, a team in the relegation sphere may take the gamble and offer him a final opportunity.
Lastly, there’s Sylvinho. Signed by Mark Hughes as experienced defensive back-up, Sylvinho only made a handful of appearances and at 35-years-old will likely just pop to bed, that blow-up bed we got out ready earlier.
Thus, space is being made; now time to see who – if anyone – fills it…
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