Wednesday, 31 August 2011

Goodbye and good luck to SWP

Shaun Wright Phillips returning to Manchester City from Chelsea seemed a real statement of intent by then owner Thaksin Shinawatra in a move that was universally welcomed by all.  Indeed he got off to a dream start scoring twice at Sunderland's Stadium Of Light.

In his original spell he had endeared himself to the Maine Road then City Of Manchester City Stadium faithful playing over 150 times and even breaking into the England squad.   Many fans were upset when he moved to Chelsea for £21 million in 2005 though given City's financial state it was a deal that made sense.  Not bad for a player that was released by Nottingham Forest for being "to small to make it".

His return saw him shine in some key games like the Carling Cup Quarter Final V Arsenal .  There were also some games where it almost seemed like something was missing the old Shaun would drop a shoulder and dance round a defender the new Shaun just seemed to run straight into the defender. That loss of form and the odd injury meant he was more and more a bit part player.  This was questioned by many fans feeling that with a run of games we would see the good old "Sweep".  It did seem he wasn't going to break back into the squad. Then during the Summer he played in most of the pre season games scoring some brilliant goals all seemed to be pointing to a surprise return to the fold. 

Then on transfer deadline day after weeks of rumours and counter rumours it was confirmed Shaun was at QPR.  The deal has since gone through once again breaking many blues fans hearts.  One thing I know for a fact when QPR play City at the Etihad Stadium Shaun will be warmly welcomed  a special player loved by a lot of fans.

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