Richards hails Milner ability
Micah Richards has claimed James Milner has much more to offer than just hard graft.
Last Updated: 25/08/10 8:00am
Micah Richards has claimed new Manchester City team-mate James Milner has much more to offer than just hard graft.
Milner was praised for his work-rate on his debut in their emphatic 3-0 victory over Liverpool following his £24million move from Aston Villa last week.
The England midfielder also made an immediate impact by setting up Gareth Barry for the first goal of the game with a low cross in the first half.
The 23-year-old also had a hand in the second goal, taking the corner that set up Richards' header which Carlos Tevez bundled in.
Milner was all action on the flanks with counterpart Adam Johnson also impressing, but Richards insisted that despite his price tag, Milner would prove to be well worth the money.
"James has brought a new dimension to the team," said Richards.
"When he first came people said he was overpriced. They said all he does is work hard.
"Now they know has a little bit more in his locker than that.
"He can use his right foot and left foot and has plenty of skill.
"His awareness is superb, so hopefully he can improve and bring that to the rest of the team."
Richards is not expected to join up with the likes of Milner and Johnson in the England team for their European Championship qualifiers next month.
Despite winning his first cap for England at the age of 17, the 22-year-old saw a lack of form and games for his club affect his place in the international reckoning.
However, the strong defender backed himself to be recalled to the squad soon and become part of Fabio Capello's plans to bring through younger players.
"I have worked on my concentration because sometimes I have tended to switch off a little bit," he said.
"That is when the danger comes.
"But it is a weakness the manager is trying to help me put right."