WHO Poll
Q: 2022 Summer Transfer Window - How many 1st team players will we sign before August 6th
a. None as Sullivan will wait until the last week before he gets his scattergun out the cupboard
24%
  
b. A couple of freebies paraded as superstars, usual hype to follow
25%
  
c. I'm more optimistic as surely they know we need to strengthen, 3-4 with decent money spent.
48%
  
d. Who gives a toss as we have a great squad already, I've already ordered the new replica kit, socks and all and can't wait to wear it at our first game, down the pub of course, I bleed claret & blue
3%
  



El Scorchio 9:27 Fri Jun 24
Is Phillips to Man City any more than an exercise in filling the homegrown quota?
Aside from him being British and counting to the quota, I’m not really sure I understand this from Man City’s POV. They could surely get someone cheaper and far technically superior to sit on the bench for Rodri.

As for him, it seems a bit mad to move to a second choice role right ahead of the World Cup with some proper competition for his role in the England side. No doubt the pay will ease the pain, though.

This all seems a bit Danny Drinkwater.

Still, at least it means they are out of the running for Rice, for now.

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Alfs 3:04 Tue Jun 28
Re: Is Phillips to Man City any more than an exercise in filling the homegrown quota?
Good grief, how can any one say that joining one of the best teams in the world is lacking ambition? He obviously has self belief and a determination to sit at the top table.

RBshorty 12:14 Sat Jun 25
Re: Is Phillips to Man City any more than an exercise in filling the homegrown quota?
At £45 million. FFP ain’t got nothing to do with this deal.?

claret on my shirt 12:03 Sat Jun 25
Re: Is Phillips to Man City any more than an exercise in filling the homegrown quota?
The City side just gets better and better, i just don't see anyone being able to stop them winning the title yet again, the financial fair play rules are just a joke.

As for Rice he must be sitting there thinking i need to move soon. His UK options are becoming limited, CFC and Man U really now and the only reason he can go to Man U is for money and i don't see him doing that. I really don't want to see Rice playing for another English team, but if he went to the rent boys fuck me would that piss me off.

Nagel 10:23 Sat Jun 25
Re: Is Phillips to Man City any more than an exercise in filling the homegrown quota?
The last 3 seasons that Rodri's been there, his backup, Fernandinho, has played in 110 games in total (about 40% as sub). Given how much squad rotation Guardiola likes to do, I'd imagine he'd have started a lot more games if he'd been younger. He's 37 now.

Phillips will get plenty of game time, don't worry.

Manuel 9:17 Sat Jun 25
Re: Is Phillips to Man City any more than an exercise in filling the homegrown quota?
I thought we were in for him, LOL.

None of the big hitters appear to want Rice, or at least won't be paying anywhere near 150 for him, so time will tell how much he's worth compared to Phillip's 45.

gph 1:50 Sat Jun 25
Re: Is Phillips to Man City any more than an exercise in filling the homegrown quota?
If Rice is your bar, no-one's going to exceed it.

But that makes it totally irrelevant, as you can be a ManC first choice player without being up to Rice's standard,

Hermit Road 1:22 Sat Jun 25
Re: Is Phillips to Man City any more than an exercise in filling the homegrown quota?
“ You can only say he's got low ambition by guessing at his mental state.

Maybe he thinks he's got what it takes to be a ManC first choice player.”

I said either lacking ambition or delusional.

Probably delusional and he really does think he will play a significant role for them. He wont though because he isn’t at that standard. Rice is though.


Eerie,

I never said he should turn it down. It’s obvious why he’s taken it. Money and medals. It’s also obvious that he won’t see much playing time and will be like the others named on this thread who made similar moves to megabucks clubs above their ability level.

Eerie Descent 1:15 Sat Jun 25
Re: Is Phillips to Man City any more than an exercise in filling the homegrown quota?
Let me get this right.

If you were an England International footballer, who was playing for a club who just stayed in the Prem by the skin of their teeth, you'd choose not to join the best Premier League club side there has probably ever been, with the opportunity to win 4 major honours every season, and get paid money than you could ever possibly dream of?

It might turn out like you say and he might not play loads, but alternatively he migh. Either way, you would have to be a fucking moron of the most monumental proportions to turn down the opportunity. In fact, I can't believe I'm even debating it.

gph 12:57 Sat Jun 25
Re: Is Phillips to Man City any more than an exercise in filling the homegrown quota?
You can only say he's got low ambition by guessing at his mental state.

Maybe he thinks he's got what it takes to be a ManC first choice player.

After all, very few succeed thinking they are going to fail.

Hermit Road 12:46 Sat Jun 25
Re: Is Phillips to Man City any more than an exercise in filling the homegrown quota?
I'm not saying he's a bad player. He is more than decent. I'm saying he is nowhere near their first team. There are lots of very, very good players who are nowhere near their first team. No shame in that.

Huffers 12:06 Sat Jun 25
Re: Is Phillips to Man City any more than an exercise in filling the homegrown quota?
He isn’t as good as was made out last summer but nowhere near as bad as what some of you seem to think.

Hermit Road 11:57 Fri Jun 24
Re: Is Phillips to Man City any more than an exercise in filling the homegrown quota?
Absolutely no doubt he'll win a lot of medals for competitions he's barely played in.

And he will get tremendously wealthy.

But he will barely play and he will never play in important games.

Charoo 11:39 Fri Jun 24
Re: Is Phillips to Man City any more than an exercise in filling the homegrown quota?
Good move for him and City, they have got a good player and he has got a good club, great manager and will play with better players. Watch him improve massively over the next 2/3 seasons.

Takashi Miike 11:29 Fri Jun 24
Re: Is Phillips to Man City any more than an exercise in filling the homegrown quota?
great back up for rodrigo, and he's now a bargaining chip/makeweight if they try and get rice next summer

swindon hammer 11:19 Fri Jun 24
Re: Is Phillips to Man City any more than an exercise in filling the homegrown quota?
Low ambition?

He will probably triple his wages and be almost guaranteed to be winning trophies.

Pep treats all the competitions seriously including the League Cup so even if he isn’t a guaranteed starter he will still end up playing 20-25 games a season.

Eerie Descent 10:40 Fri Jun 24
Re: Is Phillips to Man City any more than an exercise in filling the homegrown quota?
How the fuck can anyone dig him out for joining Man City? Low ambition? They've been up there with the best teams in Europe for nearly a decade now, they will rinse the Prem again this season, he's an England international, so he's backing himself to contribute there.

You have to be an absolute fucking idiot, and I mean idiot, to be a football player and turn down the chance to join them AND quadruple your bank account.

Fucking hell.

Hermit Road 10:33 Fri Jun 24
Re: Is Phillips to Man City any more than an exercise in filling the homegrown quota?
I reckon you nailed it. They get the right passport on the seat and he gets even more incredibly rich than he would have done elsewhere. Definitely low ambition from him, either that or extreme delusion.

Johnson 10:10 Fri Jun 24
Re: Is Phillips to Man City any more than an exercise in filling the homegrown quota?
He’s a decent player I reckon he’ll do well there

RBshorty 10:07 Fri Jun 24
Re: Is Phillips to Man City any more than an exercise in filling the homegrown quota?
Unless someone drops the £150 million. Rice ain’t going this Summer. As for City. Fair play to them. Not paying over the odds.(So the media and fans of the other entitled teams can’t bitch.) So the criticism will be hoovering up the English talent.
Unfortunately I’m old enough to remember when Man City was a punch line for most football fans. And especially to the so called elite. Now that the tables have turned. It’s great.

On The Ball 9:37 Fri Jun 24
Re: Is Phillips to Man City any more than an exercise in filling the homegrown quota?
Or Fabian Delph.

On The Ball 9:35 Fri Jun 24
Re: Is Phillips to Man City any more than an exercise in filling the homegrown quota?
He needs to give Jack Rodwell a ring.

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