Brazil international striker JO (27), who has recorded one goal from 13 appearances in all competitions for Manchester City this season, shields the ball from Holland international midfielder DAVID MENDES DA SILVA (4) of Austrian side Red Bull Salzburg during the UEFA Europa League match at the City of Manchester Stadium in northwest England. (Jon Super/AP)
Italian manager ROBERTO MANCINI’s recent assertion that Togo international striker EMMANUEL ADEBAYOR will not be leaving during when the transfer window re-opens in January coupled with 20-year-old Italy international attacker MARIO BALOTELLI’s brace against Austrian champion Red Bull Salzburg in the UEFA Europa League this week could spell the end of the line for JO (Joao Alves de Assis Silva) at Manchester City.
The 23-year-old striker, who has been capped three times by Brazil, has never really established himself in the Premier League after basically two and a half seasons since his transfer from Russian club CSKA Moscow costing 17.0 million English pounds in July of 2008; in fact, Jo has already been sent out on loan twice, to FC Everton and SK Galatasaray Istanbul in Turkey, since signing for Manchester City.
Goalless on seven appearances in the Premiership this season, Jo has but one goal in 16 career games for Manchester City in the English top flight. Including his time with Everton, the Brazilian has bagged six goals in 43 Premier League games in England. Not exactly eye-popping numbers, then.
Nor the sort of stuff that is likely to help Manchester City achieve its ambitions of glory.
MANCHESTER CITY : apperances/goals
LGE : Tevez 14/9, Adebayor 8/1, Jo 7/0, Balotelli 4/2, Santa Cruz 1/0
EUR : Adebayor 6/4, Jo 5/1, Tevez 3/0, Balotelli 2/3
CUP : Jo 1/0, Santa Cruz 1/0
totals : Tevez 17/9, Adebayor 14/5, Jo 13/1, Balotelli 6/5, Santa Cruz 2/0
Another player whose time at the Eastlands club is all but up is three-time Paraguay World Cup striker ROQUE SANTA CRUZ.
The 29-year-old has played exactly twice for Manchester City in the club’s first 23 matches in all competitons. One start in the Carling League Cup and another substitute appearance in the Premiership has been it this season for the former Bayern Munich man who cost 17.5 million English pounds from Blackburn Rovers in June of 2009. Santa Cruz began his career in England with a bang and scored 19 league goals in 37 games for Blackburn during the 2007-08 schedule.
Premier League seasons of four goals in 20 games and, last season, three goals from 19 contests have followed for the Paraguayan, however.