We take a look at who has flopped the most for Manchester City.
City’s season is set to end in despair, with a top four placing all they can muster after an expected title challenge.
Thankfully for them, it does not appear as if they will miss out on the Champions League due to the poor form of Southampton, Liverpool and Spurs, but they look set to only clinch fourth place, and the qualifying football that comes with that.
This failure seems to have been placed at Manuel Pellegrini’s door, with all the poor form and bad performances claimed to be his fault. However, it is so often the manager who is criticised for poor form, when often the players are to blame.
We take a look at three key figures who are to blame for City’s poor season, and we want you to decide who is most at fault.
The City captain has been so flawless for the club in their ascension to greatness, but he has endured a dreadful campaign by his high standards. The 29-year-old Belgian has suffered a complete loss of confidence, due to a number of poor performances characterised by a lack of positioning ability and a poor reading of the game. Whilst his physical game is still exceptional, he has been at fault for many of the stupid defensive errors that have led to City conceding, and although criticism is not deserved due to his impressive career in Manchester, this season has definitely been his worst in a light blue shirt.
Similiary, he is a player who would have enjoyed an impressive season for many other teams, but in a squad needing the best every week, Toure’s consistency has let him down. He enjoyed his best ever playing season last term, but has failed to even come close to that, with his languid play in the midfield not offering enough attacking threat to make up for his lack of defensive ability. A box-to-box midfielder who has been unwilling to run from box-to-box, Toure looks to be well on his way out of Manchester at the end of this season.
Like Toure, Fernando is a box-to-box midfielder who has done little to suggest that he is worthy of a place in a Premier League title chasing squad, having shown so little in 22 league appearances. His passing is solid, if nothing spectacular, and his role as the water carrier in the side has shown a real lack of creativity. He is the kind of player who would be lauded if he could continue his game but with a better output, and his unwillingness to be a forward thinker is arguably part of his struggles. He is playing reductive football in a progressive side, and although his signing represents bad business by the club, it is hard to deny that he has completely changed the complexion of the City side who blew away opposition last season.
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