Tue. May 17th, 2022

The introduction of Sheikh Mansour has brought success and unforgettable times to the blue half of Manchester as Pep Guardiola continues to steer City towards silverware.

Some of the success stories include Sergio Aguero, who continued to flourish as the star striker for many years before his exit last summer, midfielder David Silva and the now legendary captain Vincent Kompany.

Sometimes, though, a big move for players can be too much, and their careers at the Etihad Stadium stem and end with inevitable disappointment.

Here are five players who we believe deserved a second chance to fulfill their potential in Manchester.

Michael Johnson

After a brief youth stint with Leeds and Everton, Johnson burst onto the first team stage at Manchester City in the 2006/07 season under Sven Goren Eriksson, retiring in 2012.

The former promising midfielder saw his time as a professional hampered by an injury that reduced his career to just 54 games for both Manchester City and Leicester City.

MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM – AUGUST 15: Michael Johnson of Manchester City celebrates with his teammates after scoring the first goal of the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester City and Derby County at The City of Manchester Stadium on August 15, 2007

During his last five seasons with the Blues, he managed only four appearances as well as the loan period with the Foxes, before retiring at the age of only 24 and moving out of the spotlight.

“All the other things, even my knee, it’s a visible injury. When you can not show anything, all you want to do is play because you build your life around playing,” he said, speaking to Nedum. Onouha on the setback with the Nedem Podcast.

That was when I personally struggled with it. You get so much self-esteem by performing and people patted you on the back and it gave me a boost. And when you do not play, you do not get it because it is a bit of a superficial world football.

“I started to feel the effects of it. Even I think if I do not play, is that all I am? Am I ‘Mike the football player’? I would not be what I wanted my own confidence to be. ‘ Mike “.”

While trying to move on from his former time and focus on his real estate company, the player who previously tipped for the captain, the Blues should deserve another chance given the rotten luck he had with injuries during his playing time.

Jerome Boateng signs for Manchester City.

Jerome Boateng

The German’s time in City has become something of an unfamiliar perspective, when the mind is thrown back to his time in Manchester, it is met with shock and disbelief.

But the World Cup, Bundesliga and Champions League-winning central defender made the sky blue, once upon a time.

The now 33-year-old was signed from Hamburg for 11.25 million. Pound in 2010, before leaving for Munich a year later.

He made 24 appearances for City, some of which he showed from right-back under Roberto Mancini’s side.

Bayern, however, came to call a year into his Blues career, and City duly accepted a profit of 1 million. Pound on him. It was a smart business for Bayern as they enjoyed over a decade successfully winning everything there was to win in Germany under Jupp Heynckes, Pep Guardiola, Carlo Ancelotti, Niko Kovac and Hansi Flick.

During City’s defensive crisis many years ago, Boateng could have been a stable solution.

His time at the Allianz Arena ended in the summer when he switched Bayern to Lyon.

Stefan Savic

Savic was once a Premier League winner at Manchester City and saw his contract expire at the Etihad, where he then progressed to Serie A, appearing for Fiorentina.

Only 21 appearances in Manchester for Montenegran and the only goal, in a 4-0 win over Blackburn Rovers before switching to Viola.

Stefan Savic from Manchester City
Stefan Savic from Manchester City

The 30-year-old has found success since leaving and has primarily found it at Atletico Madrid, where he has won the Europa League, Super Cup and the Spanish league.

With the defensive options at the back of City, it would be a good opportunity to strengthen the defense with his experience and steel stance formulated by the charismatic and animated manager Diego Simeone.

Brahim Diaz |

The 22-year-old was picked up from Malaga’s youth squad after spending five years with his youth club before joining City’s academy, but left pretty soon, which may be a departure they are looking at in the coming years.

“Playing in the top teams is not easy for young players, but he showed his qualities again. His training is always incredible and he is really appreciated by all of us,” Guardiola praised after scoring against Fulham.

Brahim Diaz from Manchester City scores his team’s second goal during the fourth round of the Carabao Cup match between Manchester City and Fulham.

He made five Premier League appearances over three years for the Blues, but scored two goals in the League Cup in his final season before being snapped up by Real Madrid.

With Real Madrid 15 times, he was loaned out to AC Milan, where he found great success in scoring 11 goals in 48 games so far during his two seasons.


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