It has been a really frustrating season for Jerome Boateng, he had a good World Cup campaign, and his signing for Manchester City last Summer appeared somewhat of a steal at around £10million, I for one was particularly excited, but sadly it hasn’t panned out.
He suffered a delayed start to his season, after a freak injury involving his knee and a drinks trolley, amazingly there was no alcohol involved. When he did finally make his debut it took him a while to adapt, and he has struggled some what.
Roberto Mancini has mostly used him as a fullback, but it wasn’t long before he was relegated to the bench as the resurgent Micah Richards made the right back slot his own. He has played some games at the heart of the defense and has looked solid there, which I suppose is to be expected since it is his natural position.
Reports recently are suggesting that German giants Bayern Munich are ready to offer the versatile defender a way back to the Bundesliga, thinking that they can secure the 22 year old for about £8million. They might however have to compete with Real Madrid, who amazingly were interested in the player earlier this season.
As a City fan, I do feel sorry for Boateng. It is fair to say that I don’t think he will ever be a Premier League fullback, I do genuinely believe though that he has the ability to be a pretty good centre back in English football, and it is for that reason that I think Roberto Mancini should hang onto him.
Vincent Kompany has been awesome again this season and in my mind is one of the most underrated defenders in England and maybe Europe, however finding a partner for him has been difficult. Kolo Toure has flattered to deceive, and although it may not be a popular opinion outside of the City community, Joleon Lescott has looked pretty solid this term. However I would like to see Boateng given more games at the heart of the defense alongside Kompany before a final decision is made on his future.
Annoyingly the German has suffered another injury on his knee, and whilst some reports claim that it may not require surgery as was originally feared, it seems unlikely that he will see too much action between now and the end of the season.
Clearly the chance to make back the majority of what he spent on the player, may appeal to Mancini, but I feel it isn’t time to write him off just yet. His performances at fullback have been pretty poor, but I definitely think there is ability in Boateng as a central defender, and I think it may be wise to give him one more season before making a final judgement.
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