Manuel Pellegrini’s men are many people’s favourites for the title, with the additions to the playing squad this season having a considerable impact.
Manchester City moved quickly in the summer transfer window to add five new faces to an already star-studded squad, with international quality players switching to the Etihad Stadium.
Despite long-standing players still provided the main cut and thrust for the side, some of the new men have been influential in City’s strong start to the campaign – here is how they have fared.
Alvaro Negredo – 9/10
The Spain international centre forward had to bide his time at the start of the season, but is now firmly City’s first-choice number nine.
Negredo has struck up a fantastic understanding with Sergio Aguero, and has netted consistently in his time in England.
His ability to hold up the ball and bring others into the game is a key attribute in City’s attacking game, and Negredo is already a critical player for Pellegrini’s men.
Stevan Jovetic – 5/10
The former Fiorentina man has been really unlucky with injuries to date, which has meant that he has been largely unavailable for the bulk of the campaign.
The fleeting glimpses that the Etihad Stadium faithful have got of Jovetic have not be groundbreaking, but the Montenegro international has scored in the Capital One Cup.
Faces a real test to get regular game time at City due to the attacking talent on offer to Pellegrini, but shouldn’t be written off just yet.
Martin Demichelis – 6/10
The experienced Argentine came in to add defensive cover for the title hopefuls, and has largely been used when Vincent Kompany has been unavailable.
Demichelis is solid enough without inspiring too much confidence, and looks like a back-up rather than a nailed-on starter for the side.
Kompany’s ideal centre-half partner is still to be determined, but Demichelis has not shown enough to suggest that it should be him so far in England.
Jesus Navas – 7/10
Negredo’s team-mate from Sevilla, Navas has added something that City did not previous possess in their attacking line – devastating pace in wide areas.
The Spanish winger has looked electric when given a chance to play, and has created and scored his fair share of goals so far.
An important man, even if he is not a guaranteed starter, Navas has looked like excellent value for money so far.
Fernandinho – 7/10
The Brazil international has been an ideal foil to Yaya Toure’s attacking ambition, and has been a controlling figure in City’s dominance over most games they have played this season.
Fernandinho has been excellent in home wins over Arsenal and Manchester United this term, but seems to save his best performances for the big games.
The Etihad Stadium faithful will ask for more consistency from the South American, but the signs are there that City have arguably the strongest central midfield pairing in England.
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