Currently out of the picture at The Etihad where could the England international go to earn regular first team football and rest assure of his place in the national set-up.
According to both Manchester City and Joleon Lescott there is no chance of a January departure. However after losing his place in the first team to the impressive Matija Nastasic not to mention struggling with niggling injuries in recent weeks the 30-year-old centre half has invariably been linked with a move away. With his place in the England side at threat it could be only a matter of time until the no-chance of a move approach ends. So where could he go when it does?
The obvious connection being made is a potential return to former club Everton. Since he signed for Manchester City back in 2009 he has not exactly been greeted with open arms on his returns to Goodison Park. The way he forced a move was considered disrespectable by many Evertonian’s who may not be over-enthused at the idea of his imminent return.
Moyes claimed he would be ‘delighted’ to have him back at the club in a potential loan deal and with the advancing age of Sylvain Distin making Lescott a permanent addition could be an avenue the club looks into. This would mean pairing him up with Phil Jagielka once again which has worked so well previously.
Lescott had a great season last year at City and was equally impressive for England at Euro 2012 so do not be surprised if his performances haven’t gone unnoticed across the continent. AC Milan are a team going through a serious stage of transition and bringing in a top quality centre back to help matters would undoubtedly be an opportunity they would not pass up. Add to the equation Nigel De Jong, a good friend of Lescott’s during his time at City, currently playing in the San Siro and you might just be able to start seeing the smoke from the fire.
Rafa Benitez has been operating with Branislav Ivanovic at centre-back in recent weeks and on paper he Gary Cahill, David Luiz and currently injured captain John Terry gives Chelsea plenty of defensive firepower. However Luiz is still a baffling defender, Cahill has looked far from imperious while this will not be the last of John Terry’s injury problems. With Ivanovic possibly one of the best right-backs in the league bringing in Lescott could offset some of the centre back duties from the Serbian.
Steven Caulker, Younes Kaboul, Michael Dawson, Jan Vertonghen and William Gallas… so why Spurs do you say? Caulker is great but young. Dawson is clearly not held in high regard by AVB, Gallas has been iffy at best this season and will surely move on at his contract end. Caulker, Kaboul, Vertonghen …. Lescott. That would be a defensive quartet to fear.
Anywhere else who could take him on board?
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