Wednesday, 31 August 2011

End of an era for Shauny

Transfer deadline day (31/08/2011) saw Shaun Wright-Phillips leave Manchester City for Queens Park Rangers. A move that was almost as inevitable as it was difficult to see.

Shaun is, at this moment in time, the most successful graduate of City's Academy having featured in 30 games for England to date. He has played 181 times for City scoring 31times, and some of those have been memorable ones. Sweep was also named Young Player of the Year 4 times in a row between 2000-2003; Not bad for a player who was deemed too small to make it by Nottingham Forest who released him in 1996.

His move to Chelsea in 2005 upset and angered fans as they felt his head had been turned by the promise of a big money move. They felt let down on a big scale, but due to the financial state the club was in at the time £21m was simply too good to turn down.

Despite winning all 3 domestic competitions, Shaun was never a nailed on starter for Chelsea and eventually moved back to City for £9m in 2008, but since Sheikh Mansour took over the club Shaun once again found himself struggling to get a regular spot in the first team.

Shauny (in my opinion) is too good to be sat on the bench, but unfortunately just wasn't in Mancini's thinking for the squad. His transfer to QPR will give him a chance of regular 1st team football once again and also the opportunity to break back into the England squad. Hopefully he can do both.

Sky Sports News interviewed Wright-Phillips after his transfer to QPR and when asked about his feelings for City fans a sombre Shaun stated; "There will always be a blue spot in my heart."

I'm sure I speak for the majority of City fans when I wish him good luck at QPR and you will always be welcome in Manchester.

1 comment:

  1. shauny wright wright wright true city legend and will be missed by many true blues.. best of luck sweep


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