There were a few raised eye-brows when Manchester City signed Inter Milan midfielder Patrick Vieira back at the beginning of January.
A club who already has a wealth of talented midfielders amongst their ranks, bringing a 33-year old has-been back to the Premier League was quite a bizarre decision in my book.
Since arriving at Eastlands on the 8th of January, Vieira has made 4 appearances for City and to be honest, bar one exceptional pass (his assist for Adebayor’s goal against Bolton) he has been a passenger.
Last night, Roberto Mancini’s men were lucky to draw 1-1 away to Tony Pulis’ Stoke City with Vieira making no impact on the game and even the most ardent City fan will admit he should have been sent off.
The French midfielder decided to kick Glen Whelan right in the you-know-whats and if the FA have any common sense, he will be banned for the next 3 games, which will be good for Manchester City.
Why would that be good for City, I hear you cry?
Well, I am a massive fan of Stephen Ireland’s and why Mancini has decided to leave him out recently really does baffle me. Ireland is a player who can win you games single-handed and I feel it is vital he plays in what is undoubtedly City’s biggest game of the season on Sunday. Liverpool at home.
What do you think? Would a 3-game ban for Patrick Vieira be good news for Manchester City? Comments below please.