A Manchester City great in modern times?

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Tuesday, December 7th, 2010
 

Manchester City has a patchy history of rising and falling through the leagues and their past looks even more disastrous compared to their neighbour United.

But those days looked numbered particularly with Roberto Mancini’s side looking the most equipped to challenge the big three in England.

A complete contrast to more than a decade ago where Manchester City were eeking out their existence in the old Division Two, however there was a happy ending after they won the play-off final against Gillingham.

Now life could not be rosier for Man City fans with the star acquisitions that United would be proud to have gracing the hallow turf at Old Trafford, with the likes of Mario Balotelli and Carlos Tevez to name a couple. All quality signings who will give City the ability to become a major force and this is evident occasionally with their performances this season.

The question is, do these stars see Man City as a club they love as much as the fans love them.

Undoubtedly the money factor has a big influence on their desire to play at Eastlands, but the question has to be asked when more established and successful sides were touting for them.

One thing that will come out of this, is that no matter how many class assets arrive at Eastlands and how many fans have their names printed on their shirts, there will always be one true great star for Man. City in the modern game.

Some may point to Naill Quinn or even Keith Curle.

However the man who everyone will accept as a true great, someone who would fit in Man City’s current squad of attractive football, would be a little known Georgian – Georgi Kinkladze.

The diminutive star arrived at Maine Road back in 1995 and had a number of successful seasons, despite City struggling for survival and then finally getting relegated.

But Kinkladze battled on dazzling the crowds with his ability and audacious runs, notably the one he unearthed against Southampton when he took on the five Saints players then outrageously dummied Dave Beasant before lifting the ball over the big keeper, in front of the Maine Road faithful. Robinho eat your heart out!

Georgi was a true star, who no doubt Mancini would relish to have at his disposal, someone who had a relax attitude to the game and his ability… well!

When he had the ball at his feet and running past defenders, his talent never really seemed to be stretched.

He made the game look ridiculously easy, which is a significant achievement at a club like Man City where he was star in a below average team, whereas today with City’s star studded squad, it would be easier to make things happen as most of the players are world class.

A lot of the new City acquisitions have big reputations, but to become a legend in the blue half of Manchester they have to show their qualities and love for the club.

If the players can show a modicum of modesty like Kinkladze they will be on the right track to be following in the footsteps of Georgi the Great.

Only time will tell.

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