Â ZIMBABWE skipper Benjani Mwaruwari is just the man to spearhead Manchester Cityâ€™s late-season push for a European place.
Thatâ€™s the view of team-mate Darius Vassell, who says the Zimbabweanâ€™s arrival from Portsmouth has given everyone in the Blue camp a lift ahead of the run-in.
City have 12 Premier League games to secure European football, starting with a key match against Everton at Eastlands on Monday.
And the Blues have returned to training revitalised after a few days off, and still on a high after their derby win at Old Trafford.
England winger Vassell and Benjani both scored in that victory, and the former Villa striker believes that the new arrival has provided a major boost at a vital time.
“It was tough for him, upfront on your own against United away,” Vassell said. “It doesnâ€™t get much tougher.
“But heâ€™s a great player and heâ€™ll be a great acquisition for the team. Letâ€™s hope he scores loads of goals for us.”
There is every chance that Benjani will do just that, having struck 12 goals, including two hat-tricks, in just 23 Premier League games for Portsmouth this season before joining City for an initial fee of Â£3,87 million.
Vassell added: “His arrival was a great boost. Sometimes you need that as a team, getting new players in.
“It livens up training and people start to liven themselves up a bit. I think that worked against United.
“Letâ€™s hope we can keep on going with the same sort of attitude and win many more games.”
“To come away with the two results against United this season and still chasing a Euro place, puts us in a great position. Weâ€™re hoping we can do it.” â€” Fullhamweb.