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Man City midfielder emerges as surprise creative star of the weekend

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Manchester City's James Milner recorded more key passes than any other Premier League player this weekend.

A man who scores very few goals - just one last season, in fact - Manchester City's James Milner isn't best known for his contribution in the final third, instead the 28-year-old is fabled for his tireless work rate, both on and off the ball. 

Nonetheless, against Aston Villa this weekend, the England international proved his ability to create in the final third. He fashioned an impressive eight key passes, assisting one goal, as his side persisted in their attempts to break down a resolute Villains back-four.

  PosAssistsChances CreatedPass Accuracy (%)Total ShotsTouchesDispossessedMins
James Milner MF 1 8 87.69 1 91 4 90

It took the club until the 82nd minute to open the scoring, with Yaya Toure producing a moment of magic on the edge of the area. Sergio Aguero then made certain of the three points with another fine finish just six minutes later.

It proved an important and well-deserved victory for the reigning champions, who faced the prospect of slipping even further behind current league leaders Chelsea. Having maintained an impressive 68% of possession despite playing away from home, this is a match in which anything less than three points would have been a disappointment.

Milner starred, and while this will come as little surprise to the City faithful, others are less appreciative of his talents. The England international has been in inspired form this season and is performing better than ever under Manuel Pellegrini

This most recent performance serves as a reminder to fans of the Premier League that he remains a player capable of competing with Manchester City's vast array of stars. With Three Lions manager, Roy Hodgson, a known fan of the 28-year-old, his weekend display could be enough to earn him start in the nation's upcoming Euro qualification matches.

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