Manchester City missed Samir Nasri against Newcastle, says Thierry Henry

Samir Nasri

The two sides drew 1-1 at St James' Park on Tuesday evening.

Manchester City missed the influence of Samir Nasri in the draw with Newcastle United, Thierry Henry has told Sky Sports, broadcast from 7pm on April 19.

The two sides met at St James’ Park on Tuesday evening in a game that was crucial to the Magpies' survival hopes.

Rafa Benitez’s side were impressive as well as they came from a goal behind to secure a vital point against a lacklustre City side.

The Blues appeared to have to have used up their energy in the scintillating 3-0 win over Chelsea at the weekend, but Henry believes the absence of Samir Nasri was the real deciding factor.

 “We didn’t talk about how much Manchester City miss Samir Nasri,” he told Sky Sports.

“I think recently he has been great and I’m sure Pellegrini would have loved to have him out on the left (vs Newcastle).

“He has been more than tremendous in the two games he’s played. Samir Nasri would have been great on that side because Delph was defending but didn’t offer a lot offensively.”

Nasri certainly has been in impressive form in recent weeks having missed most of the season through injury.

There is no denying he is a quality footballer on his day, unfortunately those days have largely been rare during his City career.

Indeed, it will be interesting to see what his future at the club is with a number of players in the current squad sure to be moved on by incoming manager Pep Guardiola and Nasri potentially among them.

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