I am not usually one to criticize the young players at Manchester City. It is a tough job to get into the first team, and even when they make it it is a tough job to stay there. Having said that, Dedryck Boyata must never put on a City shirt in a first team match ever again. In the FA Cup Third Round tie with Blackburn he provided no width down the right a la Pablo Zabaleta or Micah Richards. The result of which was more work for whichever player was in the advanced position on the right for City. Tracking back he seemed too often to be second to the ball, sometimes even unaware for a few seconds that he was required to go get the ball.
It seems a harsh critique for such a young man, but there are basics to a game that you need to have in order to play at the top level. I mean anyone who makes Javi Garcia actually look competent deserves both barrels from my opinion shotgun. To cap off his performance was again a red card from a stupid tackle in which there was neither an immediate danger nor a chance in Old Trafford of getting!
Manuel Pellegrini has now witnessed first-hand the reason Roberto Mancini dropped him. You might remember this is the same guy given a run out at Arsenal back in 2010 only to bring down Maroune Chamakh in the first five minutes and get his marching orders. I suppose on the bright side he has come along way with the fact he lasted so long today, but he is still a liability. A handful of appearances for City and two red cards — I am not sure of the percentage of games he has started and finished, but I am sure it is not worth risking more time on him.
The January transfer window is open; sell him now, recoup some money maybe, but please, for the love of City, do not play him again.