We take a look at how Manchester City’s players have fared this season.
Joe Hart - 8
After a poor season last term, Hart has come back to fight off his critics in impressive style. Finding consistency to go with his top-class ability has been hard, but he looks to have now made the step up to Premier League star.
Pablo Zabaleta - 7
Struggling to match previous performance levels, Zabaleta’s defensive ability is still on show, but he has not been as effective an attacker as in previous seasons. He might be completing more dribbles than previously, but his attacking output is lower than his impressive campaign last term.
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Vincent Kompany - 6
A major loss of form has been suffered by the City captain, as Kompany has made a number of high-profile mistakes to cost his team. He appears to have lost some of the pace that he had and without a great footballing mind, it is starting to show.
Eliaquim Mangala - 6
Has yet to live up to his large price tag and has been the marker for some poor business completed by City in recent seasons. Although he can be forgiven for using this season to come to terms with the Premier League and should look to improve for next term.
Gael Clichy - 8
City’s standout defender, Clichy has provided both attacking and defensive aid to his team on a consistent basis. He completes a squad high 3.4 interceptions per game and is surprisingly good at not giving fouls - just 0.4 per game.
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Jesus Navas - 7
City’s assist leader, Navas has not looked amazing this term, but he has still be very effective. Seven assists and 2.2 key passes per game mean that he is vitally important in City’s attacking play, even if appearing slightly one-dimensional.
Fernandinho - 7
Has not had the impact many believed he would at the Etihad, but silently gets on with his job. Completes an impressive amount of defensive actions per game, but is often overrun by more physical opponents. Still the best central midfielder the club own.
Yaya Toure - 7
Toure has had a strange season, as he is City’s third highest scorer with seven goals but has appeared languid and lazy all too often. His attacking output means he is given this rating, but his lack of consistency really lets him down.
David Silva - 8
One of the stars of City’s season, Silva has 11 goals, three assists, and is frequently the most creative player in the side. Will be invaluable if City intend to fight for the title once again next season.
Edin Dzeko - 5
A run of bad showings look to have confirmed Dzeko’s exit from the club, with just four strikes to his name in 20 games. Has lost the conversion ability that served him so well as a substitute in his earlier Manchester career, and his departure in the summer would come as no surprise.
Sergio Aguero - 9
The star of the show. City’s leading scorer with 17 strikes and a frequent one-man team. Aguero has proved his worth over and over, and the club would likely be closer to Chelsea if he had not spent so much time injured. Will be a task to keep him if City miss out on the top four, maybe even if they do.
James Milner - 9
The unheralded hero of City. Milner is the man to call upon to complete any job necessary, and the club would rue losing him in the summer when he is out of contract. A goalscorer, creator and defensive stalwart, Milner gets good ratings in a variety of positions, and he really should start more games for City - with only 13 to his name this term.
Frank Lampard - 8
Infrequent appearances for Lampard have done little to lessen his value, and important goals from the Chelsea legend kept City well in the title race. Has shown his age when playing for extend periods of time, but has proved to be a very useful super-sub.
Stevan Jovetic - 4
With his career at the Etihad seemingly over, it is no surprise to see Jovetic as City’s worst player of the season. Four goals in the early parts of the season did much to raise his reputation, but there has been no improvement and his time out of the playing squad will likely carry on past the summer - when he is sure to leave the club.
Martin Demichelis - 7
After a slow start to the season, Demichelis, who came under severe criticism last season, has developed into City's most consistent defender. A recently earned new contract will see him retain his starting role next season, and the real question is who partners him in the back line - with his selection surely guaranteed.
Fernando - 5
Another big disappointment of the season, Fernando was signed to provide energy and drive in the midfield, but he has failed to offer either on a consistent basis. Appears to still be coming to terms with the Premier League, and will looking to improve next season. He is the best passer in the City squad - with a completion rate of 91.4% - but that does not make up for some other clear deficiencies.
Bacary Sagna - 7
A solid back-up choice when considered that he arrived on a free transfer. Was never meant to play consistent football, but Sagna has brought experience and talent to a role when called upon. With a three-year deal, Sagna will be 35 at the end of his contract, and he is sure to remain a valuable bit-part player until the end of his contract.
Samir Nasri - 7
Another talented but inconsistent figure in the City squad, Nasri is another player who has dropped off from previous campaigns. His two goals and six assists are still an impressive total, but he is too often in-and-out of the side to have a larger impact. Would likely improve if given more frequent playing chances by Manuel Pellegrini.