Are Manchester City playing mind games with Lescott?

Manchester City have recalled Dedryck Boyata from a loan spell at FC Twente. Could this mean the end for Joleon Lescott?

Joleon Lescott will not be blamed if he engineers a move away from Manchester City after the club recalled Dedryck Boyata from his loan deal at Dutch side FC Twente.

The reasons behind the termination of the loan deal are a little unclear but if Boyata is being called back to provide defensive cover then it could mean the end of Lescott’s career at the club.

Lescott has been strongly linked with a move to Everton or Aston Villa as he continues to struggle to hold down a first team place at the Premier League champions this season.

City have insisted that they have recalled Boyata simply because he is not getting the volume of first team games at Twente which they desired.

However, Roberto Mancini’s willingness to play Matija Nastasic, a 19-year-old central defender, in the City team this season could mean Boyata, a 22-year-old, being given a run of games in the side.

The entire speculation surrounding the future of Lescott at the club is remarkable considering he is one of the main reasons the club were able to secure a first Premier League crown last season.

Lescott has since stated that he wants to stay and fight for his place at City but if he is pushed down in the pecking order by another youngster with less experience, it may be the final straw and an end to his association with the club.

Boyata himself cannot be blamed if he wants to put pressure on City for some first team action. He was farmed out on loan to Bolton for all of last season and he has not appeared for his parent club at all this season.

City will tell him that it’s important for him to continue his first team experience with a side that can offer him a higher volume of games but he would be better off playing a handful of games for City as opposed to a club in another country.

Another thing that Boyata has going for him if he chooses to go down this route is his versatility as a defender. He can play in different positions across the back four which is significant considering Micah Richards remains out until at least next month and the fact Lescott is a cast iron centre back.

The reasons behind the termination of his loan seem simple and innocent enough but no one can stop Lescott or any other city defenders reading more into this.

Do you think Lescott still has a future at Manchester City?

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