Boring Milner, Destroyer Of Perception...

He's hardworking, perhaps even underrated but, most of all, he'll always be boring James Milner. Not anymore, says Matt Stanger, amid talk of Milner playing the perfect hand...

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zabbaman (Manchester City) says...

@kop_it, you're right, we need Milner, the club know that and it's even reported on here that he was set to be offered a new deal along with Hart, Kolarov, Dzeko & Nasri. Wages will not be an issue. Barry & Lescott are the last of those players signed on the silly wages, the wages needed to attract players to City from better teams. The wage cap we're not allowed to exceed included Tevez, Adebayor(I believe) & Balotelli's wages, also included the pay off for Mancini and his staff. 2012-13 wages were the highest they are predicted to ever be. I'm not Milner's biggest fan, but he must stay. He will be staying.

Posted 4:40pm 20th May 2014

kop_it (Yeovil Town) says...

If he engineers himself away and leave City short of their home grown. City cannot offer stupid money without offloading someone else. There transfer kitty is £49m net and their is to be no increase in wages. This is a stinger for City. Pelle needs to be really careful who he buys and for how much.

Posted 1:35pm 20th May 2014

fictionalemu says...

Yeah, the 'home grown' rules guarantee that players like Milner (or especially those actually trained at the club, who are counted as another category) are like gold dust. Hence the fact that, despite being linked with a move away every summer, Micah Richards has never been sold. The fact that Milner is so versatile also counts in his favour, especially now that City will have a reduced Champions League squad next season.

Posted 1:29pm 20th May 2014

cookie_monster says...

Hes another player who doesnt get the respect he deserves because hes English.

Posted 1:04pm 20th May 2014

zabbaman (Manchester City) says...

@ezy_ryder, I get your point! the thing with Milner is, well in my opinion anyway. He's a must start in big games, games we will need legs, work and grit. The problem for Milner seems to be, as I've seen it, he's great at working hard, he's a good forward defensively. Mourinho would love him. The main problem is, City mainly dominate possession against parked bus defences. Milner sometimes lacks the intricacy to break down defences. Great player, well loved and utilised by Manchester City. You're fight the media love to slam clubs for having English players on the bench. The same media would also slate England for starting Milner.

Posted 12:16pm 20th May 2014

Ezy_Rider says...

Zabbaman, according to Citeh's website that's only 21 starts for Milner (and only 12 in the league). Starts-wise overall, that's less than Toure, Nasri, Silva, Fernandinho, Jesus Navas, Javi Garcia, Paul Lake, David Oldfield... The point isn't that he's never getting his boots wet, it's more that he's just doing bits and bobs as a sub, and the media don't like seeing English players as bench fodder. Why this is a big deal I don't know

Posted 11:04am 20th May 2014

Bugrat says...

Am I the only one who reads boring Milner in a really dull monotone voice in my head?

Posted 8:55am 20th May 2014

dbenj7 (Manchester United) says...

Another stupid Matt Stanger article. Always admired Milner, quality player

Posted 5:44am 20th May 2014

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