Five key performers for Manchester City’s “Fourmidables”

Manchester City conquered all before them on the domestic front this season, securing the Premier League title as well as the FA and League Cups and the Community Shield.

However, the Champions League trophy once again escaped Pep Guardiola’s side and remains a blot on their otherwise impressive copybook.

Embed from Getty Images

Whether they can tick that box next season remains to be seen, and you can get early odd with the best football tips for today.

Of course, it’s a squad game these days and City have an embarrassment of riches at their disposal and enough depth to cover injuries to key players; how many other teams could continue winning while missing someone of Kevin De Bruyne’s ability for the bulk of the campaign?

So, who were the standout performers for City as added to their trophy cabinet?

Bernardo Silva

This was the Portuguese attacker’s break out season as a dominant force in the Premier League and he has cemented his place as the heir to David Silva’s throne at the Etihad.

Silva was signed from Monaco in 2017 for a fee believed to be in the region of €50 million and made 53 appearances in his first season in England as City took out the league title.

This time round, he chipped in with 7 goals and 7 assists in his 36 league appearances and earned a spot in the PFA Team of the Year.

Vincent Kompany

Vincent Kompany has parted ways with Manchester City after 11 years at the club, and he couldn’t have scripted a better final few weeks in sky blue.

Having battled injury for the last few seasons, the Belgian centre back played a key role as City rattled off 14 wins in a row to claim the Premier League title.

His big moment came in the penultimate game at home to Leicester City when he led by example in the most unlikely of fashions – firing home a stunning 25-yard strike to give City a 1-0 win.

Kompany’s influence on City’s rise to the top of English football cannot be understated and his presence will be missed around the club.

Embed from Getty Images

Sergio Aguero

When Pep Guardiola arrived at City many pundits felt that Sergio Aguero’s time would be up as he wouldn’t fit the Spaniard’s system.

However, every good team needs a proven goalscorer and Aguero continues to find the net at an impressive rate – he is just the second player to score 20 goals or more in five successive Premier League seasons.

The Argentine has had his injury troubles down through the years but was very durable during the 2018/19 season and finished with 31 goals to his name from 44 appearances in all competitions.

He was named in the PFA Team of the Year for the second time and was the Premier League’s Player of the Month for February.

Raheem Sterling

The British media did a 180 degree turn on Raheem Sterling this year as went from spoilt brat to national hero thanks to some outstanding performances both on and off the field.

Sterling played 51 games in all competitions and scored 26 times, while also netting the winning penalty in the League Cup Final against Chelsea.

When City demolished Watford 6-0 to win the FA Cup, Sterling became just the second player to net a hat-trick in the final.

Still only 24, he can get even better, and his best years should still be to come.

Embed from Getty Images

Fernandinho

Another member of the PFA Team of the Year, Fernandinho is the quiet achiever of this Manchester City team.

The Brazilian is a dominant presence in the middle of the park and shows no signs of slowing down at the age of 34.

A knee injury sustained in the Manchester Derby at Old Trafford meant he missed the final few weeks of the season and his absence was really felt.

Indeed, Guardiola has admitted that he doesn’t know how he will find a replacement who knows the holding role, the Premier League and City’s system as well as Fernandinho does.

The £34 million that City paid to lure him from Shakhtar Donetsk in 2013 has proven to be a fantastic bit of business.

Author Details

Leave a Reply