Pep Guardiola’s debut season at the Etihad Stadium hasn’t quite hit the heights expected when he was announced as Manchester City’s next manager midway through 2015/16.
Nonetheless, steadily progressing towards a true Guardiola side, the Citizens have played some phenomenal football at times this term. And whilst their manager will want it to all be about how his team have performed as a collective, some individuals have inevitably stood out more than others throughout the campaign.
So earlier this week, we asked City fans to vote for who deserves this year’s Player of the Season award in our poll. Here’s a look at who made the top THREE…
He may have endured a somewhat stickier second half to the season but Kevin De Bruyne was always going to make the top three.
He’s bagged the joint-most assists of any Premier League player this term and also ranks third throughout the division for created chances-per-match, highlighting how well-suited he is to Pep Guardiola’s brand of attacking football. His ultimate role in the City starting XI remains to be seen, but fans have clearly appreciated the Belgium international’s efforts so far under Guardiola.
Leroy Sane arrived at the Etihad Stadium with a big price-tag and a big reputation but is really starting to live up to both, notching up five goals and one assist in his last ten appearances across all competitions.
Second in our poll, Manchester City fans clearly rate the German international highly – and he looks set to be a big part of Pep Guardiola’s plans for the next few seasons. Stunningly quick yet technically adept and notably composed in possession, it looks like the Citizens have a real player on their hands.
It hasn’t been a fantastic season for David Silva in terms of scoring goals or setting up his team-mates, with just two strikes and six set-ups in the Premier League this term, and at 31-years-old, age is starting to catch up with him.
But City fans still clearly feel the Spain international is an integral member of their starting XI, voting him first in our poll, and despite the output he may have lost this season, he’s still one of the finest technical talents in the Premier League, capable of creating moments of pure magic.