Micah Richards A Disastrous Signing For Newcastle?
With speculation growing that Mike Ashley will cash in on Mathieu Debuchy to the tune of £12m, it is being widely reported that Micah Richards is being lined up as a possible replacement at half the price.
So basically we could be going from arguably the [intlink id=”44495″ type=”post”]best right-back in the Premier League [/intlink](Europe?) to…Micah Richards.
The problem is that those fans who think this would be some kind of Ashley masterstroke, still have an image in their head of Richards as this rampaging great physical specimen who broke into the England team at 18 years of age, looking a great player at both right-back and centre-half.
The reality is that Micah Richards last played a competitive game for England almost four years ago (October 2010) and has only made nine Premier League starts since April 2012.
He is now 26 and his career has totally stalled, which explains why there is no queue of Premier League clubs knocking on Manchester City’s door.
Sadly, this is a signing, despite reported £70,000 a week wages that would very likely need to be matched, which Mike Ashley could very well see as a signing that is right up his street.
Many players have been taken on for what appear low (or zero) transfer fees who are damaged goods, either in terms of having a reputation as workie tickets and/or injury concerns. Players such as Marveaux, Ben Arfa, Ba, Gosling and others on that list.
When it comes to injuries, a quick look at Micah Richards’ absences in recent years through injury make interesting (and lengthy) reading;
12/3/14 – 01/04/14 Knock
10/12/13 – 08/01/14 Hamstring
14/08/13 – 20/09/13 Hamstring
27/10/12 – 15/04/13 Cartilage Knee Injury
26/07/12 – 04/10/12 Ankle/foot injury
31/03/12 – 04/04/12 Head Injury
25/05/11 – 30/07/11 Hamstring
23/02/11 – 28/02/11 Calf Muscle Strain
03/02/11 – 09/02/11 Concussion
13/01/11 – 26/01/11 Back Injury
22/09/10 – 13/10/10 Hamstring
09/04/10 – 21/04/10 Knee Injury
30/01/10 – 14/02/10 Calf Muscle Strain
Mike Ashley might end up getting Micah Richards for a ‘bargain’ fee but he’d be very likely be buying a lot of long-term problems.
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