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‘Ruling Campaign’: Player Scores for Manchester City Title Winners | Manchester city


Ederson – 8

The epitome of the modern goalkeeper, his passing is more important than his shooting save to Pep Guardiola. The Brazilian even managed an assist for Ilkay Gündogan in the victory over Spurs. Its 18 clean sheets are not to be overlooked as they offer proof of City’s newfound stiffness.

Another good season for Ederson.
Another good season for Ederson. Photograph: Michael Regan / EPA

Zack Steffen – 6

He enjoyed a brief observation for most of his 90 minutes of Premier League action in the win over Chelsea. He successfully eliminated Scott Carson’s challenge of being the second choice.

João Cancelo – 8

One of the revelations of the season, he might have been picking up individual gongs at the end of the campaign were it not for the form of his teammates. The Portuguese is finally looking settled after a disappointing last season, helping to redefine the role of winger as he repeatedly enters midfield to assist attacks.

Kyle Walker – 7

The English international occasionally suffers from lapses of concentration, prompting Roy Keane to call him an “idiot” after a mistake against Liverpool. Overall though, he has enjoyed his most consistent season in blue thanks to his intelligence and speed as a winger, even scoring the winning goal against the Sheffield United of his childhood.

John Stones – 9

Many people had dismissed the defender, thinking his City career was over. He made the most of early failures at the back to form an excellent partnership with Rúben Dias, who saw them concede four times in their first 17 games together and create the rock that City previously lacked. He also scored five vital goals.

John Stones has reinvigorated his career at Manchester City this season.
John Stones has reinvigorated his career at Manchester City this season. Photograph: Eddie Keogh / NMC Pool

Aymeric Laporte – 7

He lost his place after a disappointing loss at Tottenham in November, as he was repeatedly caught off guard when the opposition broke down, exposing his position and lack of pace. He has looked more comfortable in recent months, not losing a league game he has appeared in since that night in North London.

Rúben Days – 10

He changed the direction of the season after City squandered the £ 63m defender following a beating at Leicester’s home. He settled in with ease, and his leadership and composure transformed a fragile team into an imperious one. He will turn 24 on Friday and is destined as future City captain.

The arrival of Rúben Dias from Benfica has helped transform Manchester City's season.
The arrival of Rúben Dias from Benfica has helped transform Manchester City’s season. Photograph: Ryan Browne / BPI / REX / Shutterstock

Nathan Aké – 5

The injury has cost the defender most of his first season at Etihad, much to his frustration after spending so much to bring him to the club. His versatility was expected to be a huge advantage for Guardiola, but he has only made nine league appearances.

Eric Garcia – 4

He had trouble getting a review due to Guardiola’s lack of interest in using the defender after he rejected a new deal with the intention of returning to Barcelona for nothing in the summer. He offered many promises, but leaves without reaching his potential.

Oleksandr Zinchenko – 7

He provided the much-needed balance on defense as he stepped in to fill the tricky left-back position. He is not a natural defender, but he has adapted well, offering a threat of attack and resistance when defending, although he has never been convinced that he can be a mainstay.

Oleksandr Zinchenko.
Oleksandr Zinchenko has given the team the much needed balance. Photograph: Matt McNulty / Manchester City FC / Getty Images

Benjamin Mendy – 5

Unpredictable and inconsistent in equal measure again. Guardiola has looked for other options to avoid choosing the French. Mendy is excellent in his prime, but those days are few and far between due to a lack of focus, a cardinal sin for a defender.

Rodri – 8

Guardiola has accepted the midfielder’s limitations after trying to force him to do things he was incapable of last season. Rodri keeps it very simple in front of defense, providing a shield for himself, whereas previously he needed support, and allowing more freedom for teammates in the future by doing the hard work at the base of midfield.

Ilkay Gündogan – 10

Ilkay Gundogan.
Ilkay Gündogan has thrived in a more advanced role. Photograph: Tim Keeton / AFP / Getty Images

Twelve goals in 26 games is the key indicator of how important the midfielder has been for a team that regularly plays without a striker. Gündogan is operating in a more advanced role, providing a calm head in the last third. The quiet man has the respect of everyone within the club, demonstrated by being chosen for the team’s five-man leadership group.

Fernandinho – 7

It’s used more sparingly, but the legs hold up and its tactical fouls are a feast for the eyes in a team that was previously susceptible to dissection by rival midfielders. The Brazilian deserves another season, but it remains to be seen if he will get one.

Raheem Sterling – 7

By his high standards, this season has been a disappointment despite a good start. The lack of form resulted in a time out of the starting lineup and he looks lacking in confidence, bringing his bad traits to light, like overthinking key moments.

Riyad Mahrez – 8

Guardiola always turns to the Algerian for important matches, a sign of how well the winger has become. He has improved in recent months, to such an extent that Sterling is his understudy. Mahrez has turned the inside cut from the right and the curling of a shot to the bottom corner into an art form.

Riyad Mahrez.
Riyad Mahrez is always selected on big occasions. Photograph: Michael Regan / AFP / Getty Images

Phil Foden – 9

The local hero has flourished, justifying Guardiola’s patience when integrating him. The Stockport boy’s taps, dribbles and goals have indicated that City have a player who can keep them on top for the next decade, much to the delight of fans.

Kevin De Bruyne – 9

Another imperious campaign in the center of the midfield, always lifting the team in tight matches to drag them to the three points. There will be a challenge in picking his best assist of the season, although his delicious crossover for Dias against West Ham could outperform the other 10.

Bernardo Silva – 7

He didn’t get anywhere near his best in the early stages, but it escalated when De Bruyne missed a month from late January to ensure that the Belgian’s absence did not stall City’s charge for the title at a crucial stage. You will be disappointed that you scored only twice.

Ferran Torres – 6

It seemed like a bargain early in the season after recovering quickly from his £ 21m transfer from Valencia. The rotation within the forwards, however, has meant that the Spanish winger has been unable to cement a place and has been more effective in Europe than in the Premier League.

Sergio Aguero – 5

A penalty and an open-play goal in 11 appearances is the result of illness and injury that have led him to spend more time in the stands than on the field. He’ll go away like a legend, but his final season may provide just one clip for the farewell montage.

Sergio Agüero's last season at City has been ruined by injuries.
Sergio Agüero’s last season at City has been plagued with injuries. Photography: Marc Aspland / NMCPool

Gabriel Jesus – 6

With Agüero’s powers waning, there have been many occasions for the Brazilian to fill up his boots, but he has lacked composure in front of goal. Guardiola has often preferred to operate without a forward, which is a bad sign for Jesús, who may be better suited to be a winger than a number 9 in the long run.

Liam Delap – 6

He made a cameo appearance in the home loss to Leicester, which offered little indication of his career prospects.


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