Two goals, three points and a clean sheet. Good start for new Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini, however the Italian has already made his first mistake since entering the hot seat at Eastlands.
Mancini’s decision to leave Craig Bellamy out of his starting line-up this afternoon was big error in my opinion which will no doubt lead to further speculation in tomorrow’s papers regarding the future of the Welsh international.
Bellamy, 30, has already been linked with a host of club’s following the departure of his fellow countryman Mark Hughes from the club last weekend. The former Liverpool striker was reportedly upset at the club’s decision to sack Hughes and there was even talk that he had handed in a transfer request at the club.
We all know by now that when things don’t go Bellamy’s way, he’s certainly not afraid to walk away from a club. Even though he did come as a sub with twenty minutes to go against Stoke City today, I firmly believe that Mancini’s decision to start Robinho ahead of Bellamy may have further implications.
Harry Redknapp appears keen to bring Bellamy to Tottenham during this upcoming transfer window and it has to be said, you couldn’t blame Craig if he did decide to make the switch to White Hart Lane, given the fact he would be almost guarenteed first team football in north London.
There is no doubt that Bellamy has been one of, if not the best player in the Premier League so far this season, which makes it all the more strange why he wasn’t played from the off today. It will be interesting to see how this one pans out over the coming weeks.