Does Petrov deserve more of a chance at City?

October 8, 2009

Bulgarian winger Martin Petrov’s days with Manchester City may be coming to an end. Rigsby, as Petrov is known among City fans, has once again expressed his frustration to reporters back home about the lack of opportunities he is getting.

When Petrov joined Bulgarian giants CSKA Sofia they called him Hristo Stoichkov’s successor as he was fast, greedy for the ball and produced a memorably angry look when ending up on the losing side.

He was successful enough — at Servette, Wolfsburg, Atletico Madrid, all of them famous teams but none of them part of the European elite — but the great expectations have proved hard too fulfil.

He made a promising start at Sven-Goran Eriksson’s City but under Mark Hughes they are aiming even higher these days and there’s much tougher competition for places.

Hughes decided to leave Petrov on the bench for the game at Aston Villa on Monday, despite his goal and assist against West Ham.

Petrov’s frustration could only have when he was asked to get ready to go on at Villa Park, only for Hughes to change his mind when Craig Bellamy swept home the equaliser.

PHOTO: Manchester City’s Martin Petrov (R) and Shaun Wright-Phillips celebrate a goal against Barcelona during a friendly at the Nou Camp, August 19, 2009. REUTERS/Gustau Nacarino


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no. he should shut up. hes not going to start over the obvious choices, but sometimes he will get the chance like he has and he will score. he should be happy and be a team player for the time being and if frustrations grow by the end of the year, next year he could be somewhere else.. he is part of a blossoming team with a lot behind it and he shouldnt be such a meat head.. hes done well so far this year with the chances hes gotten and should be happy.

Posted by ben | Report as abusive

Yes he must be shut up. If he want to consider some opportunities

Posted by Lauren Helliwell | Report as abusive

i think he should have more chances he is a good player and always has been for city . just cause the have got some money city think they can buy the title and get rid off all off thier old squad but some players should be in the team like petrov where is the loyalty in the game ??????

Posted by sheppey | Report as abusive

Why he have to shut up ? He asked a transfer to Spurs, but Hughes answered that he needs him. He makes a brilliant game with West Ham, and what is the result – the bench. Instead of giving him a chance to win the match with Man City, the stupid scary Hughes sent him back to the bench..

Posted by futbola | Report as abusive

Petrov is a fantastic winger and his attacking potential is superb, however he will lose out to Bellamy time and again because he is one dimensional in that he cannot track back and makes little effort to win the ball back.. Bellamy’s work ethic and obvious goal scoring ability makes him a better option to start a game. I would hate to see Petrov go as he clearly has the skills going forward and can change a game, however Hughes wants balance.

Posted by Xebo | Report as abusive

Petrov is a quality player and would definitely benefit Santa Cruz and Adebayor with his crossing ability. It’s too competitive at Man City though – he should get a move to another English club.

Posted by Steven Jones | Report as abusive