Player of the weekend: Elano Blumer, Manchester City


8th, October 2007


Who predicted that the most successful transfer of the summer would involve Shakhtar Donetsk and Man City? Not me, for one. But this Sven chap clearly knows his stuff – signing playmaker Elano Blumer has been a masterstroke. The Brazilian put in yet another man-of-the-match performance, in City’s 3-1 stroll against Middlesbrough yesterday.
Elano is the heartbeat of Sven’s brave new City. He makes the game look so easy, and appears to have more time on the ball than everyone else on the pitch – always the sign of a class player; Paul Scholes and Juan Roman Riquelme, both of whom perform similar roles to that filled by Elano, share this trait.
Spurs could reportedly have signed both Elano and City team-mate Martin Petrov – another Sven success story – for less than the cost of Darren Bent. Now who’s laughing at the Swede?
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  1. Łupek says:

    I remember him from his time at Shakhtar, though I’m not Ukrainian and don’t follow their league closely. He’s a brilliant player, could easily be playing for any club in the world. Fantastic technique and vision plus some of that brazilian flair. There’s something elegant about his game that reminds me of Zizou at his best.

  2. flo says:

    plus he’s made me loads of points in my dream team…the stats don’t lie!

  3. louisquatorze says:

    Totally, Flo. He’s definitely doing well on my fantasy team…I’ve set him as captain so I don’t entirely jinx Cesc, and I haven’t regretted it.

  4. Wojtek says:

    I’ts so great to have Elano. And Johnson. And Ireland, Petrov, Geovanni…
    I used to be a big fan of Joey Barton but now…
    We have new icons in middfield.
    Come on City!