Paul Binning, proprietor of the excellent Bristol City site 'The Exiled Robin' gives his view on United's latest arrival.
tend to go out on loan for one of two reasons. Either they are no longer
required by their parent club but aren’t an attractive enough proposition to
sell, or they’re young and need games to develop their experience and
ones who have most success whilst borrowed tend to be the latter and Christian
Ribiero certainly falls into that category. The vast majority of Bristol City
fans view this move as just that and would be disappointed if it was the
beginning of the end for the popular Welshman at Ashton Gate.
key reason Ribiero isn’t a regular starter at Ashton Gate is due to wretched
luck with injuries. He suffered a cruciate ligament injury just half an hour
into his debut which put him out of action for more than a year and recently
spent a few months out with back and hamstring injuries.
strong defender, he is decent in the air, has pace and good defensive qualities.
Ribiero has generally played at right-back for City but probably looked at his
best when played on the right-hand side of three centre-halves. This tends to
cut out his biggest weakness, which is being caught out of position, generally
due to a fondness for bombing forward from the full back position. Playing at
right-back he also tends to drift into perhaps his more natural central
position, leaving left-wingers with far too much time and space.
the plus side, he is one of the better full-backs we’ve seen when going forward
in recent times and certainly doesn’t suffer from the metaphorical nosebleed,
often showing composure and no little skill when threatening the opposition’s
with Everton before he’d made a first-team appearance, the fact that he has been
capped twice for Wales shows his raw talent, as with fewer than 30 games under
his belt for City he has had little chance to impress – everyone at the club
will be hoping he can have a run of games at Brunton Park and come back ready to
challenge for a first-team spot.