Why Michael Johnson Will Prove All the Doubters Wrong By Playing for City Again

True BlueCorrespondent ISeptember 15, 2010

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For Manchester City fans there is nothing better than a truly homegrown player making the grade.

In the last 20 years there are plenty that have played for the Blues but most have moved on to pastures new.

Shaun Wright Phillips is perhaps the best known of the Manchester City Academy alumni but he isn't a local Manchester lad and he moved away to London before coming 'home' to City.

Going back a few years there was a Manchester lad called Leon Mike, now retired who just didn't have that extra half a yard of pace that would have made all the difference.

More recently Ishmael Miller played for his home town team but failed to make the grade, even before the club were bought by a billionaire owner. Another missed opportunity for the fans of City as he seemed to have it all, power, pace and an eye for goal.

Nedum Onouha of course has played for City in the Premier League but now on loan to Sunderland the hopes of him making a real, long term impact at City are apparently fading. But being picky Nedum was born in Nigeria although he is very much a Mancunian by upbringing.

There are three players currently with City who were born in Manchester and each stands a chance of becoming something that little bit special.

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Shaleum Logan and Jonathan D'Laryea are very promising young talents but there's many a slip twixt cup and lip as they say so it is best not to tempt fate.

City fans still talk about a certain Manchester lad as the lost opportunity for a City player as England captain. Paul Lake, a truly awesome talent who was lost at a painfully early age to knee injuries that even now leave him with an uneven gait.

There was a real fear for the latest Manchester lad to carry the hopes of the City faithful after he too suffered some serious injury setbacks. Michael Johnson has already lost more than two seasons in his battle for fitness but if the most recent reports are to be believed then he is close to being ready for selection.

What Michael Johnson can do in football, if fit, could be to emulate the greatest ever City player, Colin Bell as he is a similar player (but such comparisons are unfair). Ironically Colin Bell also suffered a career ending knee injury which robbed both City and England of at least 5 years of a career of City most capped England international.

What Michael Johnson will prove if and when he plays again is that Manchester can produce great footballers still and that they can make it into the City side even a City side full of the worlds best players.

The real dream for the City faithful of course is to see Michael Johnson play and win some silverware for City.

If all goes to plan then that may even happen this year.

And the feeling of pride City fans would have would be something even the Sheikhs' billions could not buy.


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