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Five to watch

Posted on 28 September 2003  - 12:00

Tottenham Hotspur (Spurs) Football Club is located in North London. The club is also known as Spurs. Tottenham's home ground is White Hart Lane. The club motto is Audere est Facere (To dare is to do).

We take a look at five key players to watch from the Manchester City ranks before Sunday's Premiership clash at the City of Manchester Stadium.

David Seaman: A summer recruit from our North London neighbours, Seaman made his name at Peterborough. Birmingham City and QPR before his big move to Highbury in May 1990. Went on to make over 550 appearances for the Gunners during which he won 75 England caps. An assured goalkeeper, rarely flustered, but has come under the spotlight for a few goals conceded of late. Kevin Keegan's first signing of the summer, recently turned 40.

Trevor Sinclair: Winger, now 30, who fought his way into England's 2002 World Cup squad and featured in four games in the finals. Moved from Blackpool to QPR in 1993 and racked up almost 200 games at Loftus Road - where he scored one of the most spectacular goals of recent years - before a £2.3m move to West Ham, where he caught the eye of Sven Goran Eriksson. Played over 200 games for the Hammers before his £2.5m switch to City this summer. Quick, direct, an eye for goal.

Nicolas Anelka: French striker in a rich vein of form. Only 18 when Arsene Wenger took him to Highbury - 23 goals in 50 Premiership games and he was on his way to Real Madrid in an amazing £23m deal. Returned to England and Liverpool via PSG and onto City in another big-money move, this time £13m, Scored 14 goals last term and has six already this time around. Still only 24, has six goals in 28 French caps. Pace is greatest asset, deadly in front of goal and, importantly, seems settled.

Joey Barton: Liverpool-born midfielder with uncanny resemblence to Steven Gerrard in both appearance and style. Turned 21 earlier this month. Chose the Lane for his first City goal as he made quite an impact last season. Continued that form this season, scored at Blackburn and was rewarded with a call up to the England U21 squad for their Euro qualifiers against Macedonia and Portugal. Great engine, up and down, gets involved at both ends.

Steve McManaman: Arguably the biggest name of City's summer arrivals. Midfielder, now 31, starred at Liverpool for almost 10 years and made over 350 appearances for the Anfield giants. Eventually moved at the end of his contract for a free to Real Madrid, where he played in three successive European Cup Finals, scoring in the 2000 showpiece. Limited chances at Real led to another free transfer to City this summer. Employed in a more central role by Kevin Keegan, has ability to drift by players at will. Capped 37 times by England.