Down the years it has been easy to pick holes in the game of Samir Nasri.
Nobody has ever questioned the French midfielder’s ability, it has been his attitude and inconsistency which has left him open to criticism.
He has, however, becoming an increasingly influential figure at Manchester City – and that is saying something when you consider the playmaking talent they have at their disposal.
It is, perhaps, that fierce competition for places which has helped to make Nasri a more complete footballer.
After all, who would have thought that he would become a performer prepared to put his foot in before embarking on a jinking dart towards the box?
The former Arsenal man showed against Everton on Saturday, though, that he is, when the mood takes him, capable of delivering in a number of key areas for the defending Premier League champions.
|Match||Total Scoring Att||Total Through Ball||Total Contest||Total Tackle||Accurate Pass||Mins Played|
|Samir Nasri||Man City vs Everton||3||1||2||5||75||90|
Nasri is still waiting for his first goal of the season, but he fired in more shots against the Toffees than he has in any other top-flight outing this term.
He also posted an impressive number of accurate passes at the end of a productive week, with his personal best return having come at Sunderland on Wednesday.
Manuel Pellegrini will also be delighted to have seen Nasri put in five tackles, with it important that all of those in the City engine room do their bit if back-to-back title successes are to be toasted.