Tuesday, 8 June 2010

Three Players Released - Benjani, Petrov and Sylvinho

As expected (or not), trio of veteran(?) players are released from the team today.

Benjani - 23 apps, 4 goals (Initial fee: £3.87 mil)
Benjani began his City career in strange fashion. Oversleeping at the airport made him miss the medical, almost collapsing the move to City. But luckily, the transfer went through on 5th of February, after EPL's investigation. He became instant hero after scoring in the derby, finishing the season 3 goals in 13 games for City. Unfortunately, acquisition of Carlos Tevez, Emmanuel Adebayor and Roque Santa Cruz pushed him away from first team squad. He was loaned away to Sunderland but didn't get much chance, made only 1 start and 7 subs appearances without scoring any goal.

Sylvinho - 10 apps, 1 goal (Free)
Sylvinho was signed to cover Wayne Bridge and he did that in most of the season, due to Bridge's injury. His highest point in City career, I think, was scoring a spectacular goal in FA cup tie against Scunthorpe.

Martin Petrov - 72 apps, 12 goals (£4.7 mil)
Petrov was brought in with Elano and Javi Garrido in 2007. Unknown quantity in the EPL, he had effective season in the first season (5 goals and 9 assists). However, his constant knee injury and signing of Robinho pushed him away from City's starting line up. He had mini-revival of his career in Oct 2009, securing City's player of the month. But his form dipped and he couldn't overcome his injury to keep his starting place over 09-10 season.

Thank you for your service at CoMs and I wish good luck to the trio for remainder of their career.

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