By William Wood | In General
Micah has vowed to help Manchester City turn around their season as he looks to find a new level of form for the side.
The 20-year old has been utilised in several positions this term as manager Mark Hughes looks to decide upon his favoured formation, and while his performances have been sufficient to earn a recall to the senior England squad, Micah has set his sights on improving all aspects of his game.
Some sections of the media have criticised various members of The Citizens side, but the defender has sought to defend himself and his teammates for what he feels is inaccurate attacks.
“I know some people have been critical of my performances this season and have had a dig,” he said.
“But all players have dips and I am staying positive. I know I give 100 per cent in every match I play.
“People are saying stuff about me looking slower or heavier or whatever but, to be honest, that’s rubbish.
“If anything, I have lost weight and have less body fat than I did last year and we are constantly monitored in both those areas.
“I am working as hard as ever and I don’t feel as if I have done anything drastically wrong this season for people to comment on.
“What I don’t do is let anything that is thrown at me get in the way of training or learning and I know that it is important that I am a thorough professional.”
With all the trappings that fame and fortune offers, some have been quick to cite the wages on offer at the City of Manchester as a factor in their disappointing season so far, but Micah reiterated his passion for the game.
“Football is the most important thing in my life,” said Richards. “I have already played 100 first-team games, which I feel is a good achievement for someone of my age. I aim to make the most of my opportunities.
“I take criticism in my stride. Of course, I am not the finished article, I have lots to learn and I would be a fool to think anything else.
“I believe in my ability and I think City fans and England fans know what I am capable of.
“It is just a matter of me finding the kind of form I was in last season.
“I have played in all kinds of positions this season, right back, left back, both sides of the central defensive pairing and it is up to me to perhaps nail down one of them and stick to it,” he said.
“For now I feel as though I am more suited to playing at right back.
“It gives me the freedom to get forward as well as show what I can do defensively. I would like to play right back and that’s where I would like to see myself playing for City and possibly for England.
“I would like a stint of 15 or 20 games consecutively at right back and show both Mark Hughes and Fabio Capello what I can do.”
With the transfer window now open and the signing of Wayne Bridge from Chelsea already completed, Micah is excited at the prospect of further arrivals, believing the increased competition for places will benefit all.
“Competition is always healthy and you cannot have too many good players at your club.
“It is all about getting the right balance and I believe we will get it right and I expect the manager will bring people in all positions we all want to see the squad get stronger.”
Micah has made over 100 appearances for City since making his debut as a 17-year old against Arsenal in 2005.