Is this Manchester City’s alternative player of the season?

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Who has been impressing for Manchester City this season?

Sergio Aguero has all-but wrapped up the title of Manchester City’s Player of the Season, after a series of stunning attacking performances.

However, he would not be where he is without the aid of some of his vital teammates, many of whom have underperformed this season. The likes of Yaya Toure, Samir Nasri and Vincent Kompany have all endured troubling seasons, but there is one player who has continually impressed.

That man is James Milner, and he is City’s alternative Player of the Season.

The England midfielder is afforded few chances in relation to his playing ability, and his work rate and lack of finesse means he is often looked down upon in relation to some of his more illustrious teammates.

Yet, the 29-year-old is always there to be called upon, regardless of where he is asked to play. He has three goals and six assists, an impressive tally considering he has just 13 starts to his name, and has proven himself as a brilliant attacking and defensive force.

Milner has taken 1.2 shots per game, and his 1.7 key passes completed per game is the fourth highest in the squad - above the likes of Toure, Aguero and Pablo Zabaleta. He is not the best dribbler, but his workman-like attitude gets him much further, and makes him more efficient, than the majority of the City team.

  GoalsAssistsShots per GameKey Passes per Game
Milner 3 6 1.2 1.7

From a defensive standpoint, Milner completes 1.8 tackles per game - the highest from a player in an attacking role - and is adept at both intercepting the ball and not giving away fouls.

  Tackles per GameClearances per GameInterceptions per GameFouls Committed per GameAerials Won per Game
James Milner 1.8 0.4 0.7 0.7 0.9

All in all, what makes Milner so valued is his unwavering attitude to the Manchester City team, and his desire to always play his best. He may be forgotten in relation to the rest of the team, but he really should be in the running for City’s Player of the Season award.

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