David Platt’s use of comments relating to injured and missing players at Manchester City is shifting attention away from himself.
David Platt has urged the subject of missing and injured players at Manchester City, not to be used as an excuse for the club’s bad attempt to defend their Premier League title this year.
It’s certainly a step backwards for the club and the fans deserve better because they have come to expect the very best at all levels and on all fronts from their side.
By bringing up the fact that the club has been missing key players this season, it almost sounds like an excuse although that’s exactly what Platt is trying to suggest it isn’t.
“It doesn't help but that is what we have a squad for, people come in. We were without key players but that is the way it is. That is why we carry a squad, that is why everybody is capable of playing at this club,” said Platt.
Whichever way you look at it, Platt, or any of the other coaches at Manchester City, has not had a good season as a deputy to Roberto Mancini.
He has been under extra pressure this season and he’s only human so he may be starting to get a little twitchy over his own future at the club because the rumours suggesting Mancini will be axed this summer have not completely gone away.
That’s significant because quite often when a manager is given the boot, his backroom staff go with him unless the new manager comes in and wants to try and keep anyone on.
The lack of first choice players has affected the club this season but that’s not the only reason for the 15 point gap to Manchester United.
Tactically the coaches have made some questionable decisions this season, which have seen key games go against City costing points in the Premier League and the Champions League.
If Platt isn’t worried about his position at the club then he should be because there is nothing, other than the fact he speaks Italian, which makes him indispensible to the side at the moment.
Everyone needs to take their fair share of blame and make no mistakes, City will bounce back and will be stronger next season, regardless of whether Platt, Mancini or anyone else is still at the club.
City fans, have you been happy with Platt this season?
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