Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Lescott Is Pure Quality - Micah

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Lescott Is Pure Quality - Micah

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MICAH Richards believes centre-back Joleon Lescott has proved once again just how good he is.

Despite being one of City's most consistent performers in last season's title-winning campaign, Lescott has been kept on the bench in some key fixtures this season.

That has led to speculation that manager Roberto Mancini might have lost faith in the England international, although the Italian himself has stressed he remains an important player and is thinking of the bigger picture.

After sitting out last week's Premier League win at Fulham and the midweek Champions League draw with Borussia Dortmund, Lescott returned and gave an assured performance in Saturday's 3-0 win over Sunderland.

With captain Vincent Kompany out through injury, the 29-year-old played alongside Richards in the back line.

"He is a quality defender," said Richards of Lescott.

"A lot of people don't understand how good he is - well, people do because he is playing for England - but he really is a top-class centreback, back, one of the best in the league. …

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