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I think we could' date=' there's no reason why not.

We've had a few awful games but things will settle down once we get Remy back in the fold and we can score some goals again.

We're still missing Cabaye hugely, and no one has stepped up to replace him yet. Once we get injured players back, i'd like to see our line-up as:

--------------------Krul--------------------

Debuchy-----Colo--------MYM---------Santon

-------------------Tiote--------------------

------------Sissoko------Anita--------------

Ben Arfa-----------------------------Gouffran

-------------------Remy--------------------

That said, De Jong is the perfect foil for someone quick like Remy or even Cisse.

Yanga-Mbiwa has been awful, but the lad clearly has some talent. We saw it in France and we saw it in the Champions League. Coloccini was even worse when he first came to us, then a season in the Championship and he was fantastic when we came back up. Players - Especially defenders seem to need a lot longer to settle and unless we're going to play him we may as well get rid of him. Our season is over now as it is, so there'll never be a better time to get him some games.

Cisse needs games and unless we're prepared to play him, i don't understand why we didn't just take the 8m in January from Trabzonspor. He's a confidence player and you cannot get confidence sitting on the bench.

Ben Arfa is another one - He's got all the talent in the world but when he's played out of position or he's in-and-out of the team he's never going to settle. His attitude has always been a sticking point, ever since he was at Lyon - Benzema went one way, and he went the other. Play him on the right wing for a solid 5 or 6 games, left him cut in on his left foot and see what he can do. If he doesn't perform, sell him in the summer.

Anita has ability and is a great passer of the ball in the middle of the park, and can hold possession. He hasn't got the bite that Cabaye had though and will need someone alongside him who can win a ball back like Tiote or Sissoko. Sissoko for some reason just looks soft at the minute, he's a beast physically - We've seen it a few times especially against opposition full-backs but he doesn't look interested at the minute and just gets brushed off the ball so easily.

Tiote is going to be key is we're to finish top half. When we gave him the captains armband it seemed to give him a new lease of life, he was all over the place, winning balls, tackling attackers, setting up attacks - He really does look a lot more solid and his yellow cards have also decreased recently too. It's like the captaincy gave him a bit more responsibility and he took it seriously.

Without question we need to sign a central midfielder in the summer to replace Cabaye though. Even if we sign a No.10 like Grenier who can play further forward like Cabaye was for the last few games he played for us, and we can change system slightly and have Sissoko and Tiote behind a No.10.

I didn't plan on writing this much... :o[/quote']

It pains me to say it but i'd play Willamson ahead of MYM, simply because between Colo and MYM, neither like heading a ball. Plus, along with Debuchy, Willo has been outstanding this season. Something i never thought i'd see.

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Bellamy banned for three games' date=' didn't think he did anything wrong at the time but on review he seems to be looking at De Guzman as he gives him a very cheap punch.[/quote']

Always has been a dirty player, he deserves the ban. Should be more, imo.

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Good article about Daniel Sturridge. Even though he is beginning to get praise it shows just how underrated he is, along with his potential.

He also qualifies for the PFA young player of the year award. We all know Januzaj already has that though. :confused:

http://www.statsbomb.com/2014/02/we-need-to-talk-about-daniel-sturridge/

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I think we could' date=' there's no reason why not.

We've had a few awful games but things will settle down once we get Remy back in the fold and we can score some goals again.

We're still missing Cabaye hugely, and no one has stepped up to replace him yet. Once we get injured players back, i'd like to see our line-up as:

--------------------Krul--------------------

Debuchy-----Colo--------MYM---------Santon

-------------------Tiote--------------------

------------Sissoko------Anita--------------

Ben Arfa-----------------------------Gouffran

-------------------Remy--------------------

That said, De Jong is the perfect foil for someone quick like Remy or even Cisse.

Yanga-Mbiwa has been awful, but the lad clearly has some talent. We saw it in France and we saw it in the Champions League. Coloccini was even worse when he first came to us, then a season in the Championship and he was fantastic when we came back up. Players - Especially defenders seem to need a lot longer to settle and unless we're going to play him we may as well get rid of him. Our season is over now as it is, so there'll never be a better time to get him some games.

Cisse needs games and unless we're prepared to play him, i don't understand why we didn't just take the 8m in January from Trabzonspor. He's a confidence player and you cannot get confidence sitting on the bench.

Ben Arfa is another one - He's got all the talent in the world but when he's played out of position or he's in-and-out of the team he's never going to settle. His attitude has always been a sticking point, ever since he was at Lyon - Benzema went one way, and he went the other. Play him on the right wing for a solid 5 or 6 games, left him cut in on his left foot and see what he can do. If he doesn't perform, sell him in the summer.

Anita has ability and is a great passer of the ball in the middle of the park, and can hold possession. He hasn't got the bite that Cabaye had though and will need someone alongside him who can win a ball back like Tiote or Sissoko. Sissoko for some reason just looks soft at the minute, he's a beast physically - We've seen it a few times especially against opposition full-backs but he doesn't look interested at the minute and just gets brushed off the ball so easily.

Tiote is going to be key is we're to finish top half. When we gave him the captains armband it seemed to give him a new lease of life, he was all over the place, winning balls, tackling attackers, setting up attacks - He really does look a lot more solid and his yellow cards have also decreased recently too. It's like the captaincy gave him a bit more responsibility and he took it seriously.

Without question we need to sign a central midfielder in the summer to replace Cabaye though. Even if we sign a No.10 like Grenier who can play further forward like Cabaye was for the last few games he played for us, and we can change system slightly and have Sissoko and Tiote behind a No.10.

I didn't plan on writing this much... :o[/quote']

What has happened to Gael Bigirimana?

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Yaya Toure won't receive retrospective punishment.

It's like City are the new United.

How they can give Bellamy a three game ban and yet not ban Toure for a blatant kick is unbelievable.....how is this in any way consistent.

Totally incompetent. Add this to the massively growing list of "favourable decisions" for City this season.

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How they can give Bellamy a three game ban and yet not ban Toure for a blatant kick is unbelievable.....how is this in any way consistent.

Totally incompetent. Add this to the massively growing list of "favourable decisions" for City this season.

FA incompetence isn't exactly new?

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David Marshall made two outstanding saves for Cardiff tonight - 1 of them surely a contender for save of the season.

Well he's earned them a point, Villa really should have won the game given the chances they had in the second half and would have if it wasn't for Marshall. Two world class saves, from a goalkeeper who will presumably attract interest from several Premier League sides should Cardiff go down.

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Title race is incredibly interesting now though. Chelsea just lost the advantage we arguably handed over against Norwich.

Its going to be till the last day I reckon, it could be 3 teams to the last or two. 16 to 29 march will be an important period to the title race for sure.

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