Noob Watch

A brief look at how a couple of the new boys got on this weekend. Two high-profile debuts, two different impressions!

Edin Dzeko

By far the most high-profile debut on offer in the Premier League this transfer window. The big man with the big price tag hadn’t played a game since December 22nd due to the Bundesliga’s winter break, but was handed a start by Mancini who has declared him to be the final piece of his puzzle.

It’s fair to say that he struggled in the first half, and appeared understandably rusty. His contribution was minimal although he did win the corner which led to City’s equaliser. After the lacklustre half, his performance after the break was vastly improved, complimenting City’s renewed vigor.

His defining moment came in creating City’s third of the afternoon. It was scored by Yaya Toure, but was all about “The Bosnian Diamond” who played a sharp one-two with Tevez and then beat Zubar before slipping a luxurious ball through for Toure to score.

The remainder of the half offered glimpses of both dazzling skill and strength in holding the ball up, and his second half display will have left Mancini purring.

Verdict: Convincing demonstration of potential

Wayne Bridge

A shocking start for the left-back, who was arguably exposed by all three of Arsenal’s goals. In particular Arsenal’s first for which he allowed Walcott far too much space on the right. Walcott’s subsequent pass was then dummied by Nasri and finished off by Van Persie.

It was a tough first test to be sure; West Ham were under-strength and Arsenal were in irresistible form. But it was glaringly obvious that the 30-year old had only started one game all season for City, and calls into question the decision of West Ham’s owners to take on the hugely inflated salary of a player who could potentially make very little difference to the Hammer’s quest to beat the drop.

Verdict: Poor

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  1. D Sanchez says:

    Not sure about Deseko at all – I thought he woz rubbish yesterday

  2. Big Dave WHUFC says:

    Bridge had a stinker we are crap and need more players

  3. Pringalez Maximus says:

    If they had some decent money to spend it would b worth getting excited about the transfer window, sadly not the case

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