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The Tanner Report: Manchester City 2 Fulham 0

A  few years back Fulham sold a promising starlet Pat Roberts to Manchester City. Out of curiosity I went onto the City official website to see how he was greeted.

It was a £8m signing, a significant figure in those days. There was no mention of him at all, the coverage being on the acquisition of Fabian Delph.

This is one of the reasons I dislike Manchester City and their ilk, namely the hoovering up of young talent who never train on.

Almost immediately Roberts went on loan to Celtic and I have no idea where he is now.

No doubt he is a very rich young man but he’s not playing football at the highest level. Clubs like City do not promote  youth – worse, they prevent a sale to another club that might. Some might argue that my argument fails as academy graduates Bahrim Diaz and Phil Foden played last night but it was a rare outing in the Caribou Cup.

Fulham by contrast fielded a strong team. One assumes SJ wanted to generate more cohesion and consistency in selection. Kevin McDonald was out (suspended), Joe Bryan at left back was injured but most chosen and playing will be selected in the key game at Huddersfield on Monday night.

City won comfortably 2-0 with Fulham exercising minimal pressure.

Goal scoring is beginning to look a problem. Jean Michel Seri is not the sparky midfielder of his first 5 games, Alfie Mawson does not get a game,  Angoissa yet to impose himself in midfield.

When Clubs like City can reportedly offer a new contract to Raheem Sterling at £300,000 per week – and a talent like Foden has to get past De Bruyne, Mahraz, Fernandinho, Silva, Gundogan, Zinchenko  and Delph in midfield – the Premier is not a level playing field.

Fulham need to recalibrate and do a Brighton: concentrate on not finishing in the bottom three. It all starts and possibly finishes at Huddersfield Monday.

Alan Tanner
About Alan Tanner

After a distinguished military service in the Catering Corps, Alan Tanner did well in mufti with his chamois as a window cleaner. Sadly he had to retire after falling from the fifth floor of Danny Murphy's mock Tudor home. He spends his retirement watching and writing about his beloved Fulham whom he has supported for over 50 years. The Alan Tanner Report is sponsored by Tanner Crystal Clear Ltd, Window Cleaners to the Gentry. More Posts