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Manchester City: Ilkay Gundogan was main positive in West Ham defeat

After winning the Carabao Cup four times in a row, Manchester City were knocked out of the competition last night against fellow Premier League side West Ham United.

Pep Guardiola’s side lost on penalties at The London Stadium after drawing 0-0 after 90 minutes, making it a disappointing night for the Manchester club.

However, there was one player that featured for City in midweek that we feel was a shining light for Citizens – Ilkay Gundogan.

The midfielder managed to have 91 touches of the ball, racked up a passing accuracy percentage of 95%, made five key passes, created one big chance, had two shots at goal, won four of the six ground duels he was involved in.

He also successfully completed the two dribble attempts he made, ultimately earning himself an overall match rating of 7.9, making him the highest-rated City player on the day, according to SofaScore.

This shows that despite the disappointing result, Gundogan, who is currently earning a weekly wage of £140k-per-week according to Spotrac, was a big positive for Guardiola on the day.

City signed Gundogan back in the 2016 summer transfer window from German club Borussia Dortmund in a deal worth a reported fee of £20m.

Since then, the 31-year-old, who is currently valued at £36m according to Transfermarkt, has made 220 appearances for the Manchester club across all competitions in which he has managed to score 41 goals and provide 28 assists in the process.

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So far this season, the German has made 10 appearances for the club across all competitions, scoring two goals and providing one assist. In addition to this, Gundogan has managed to rack up an average of 2.3 shots per game and 2.3 key passes per game in the Premier League in this campaign, proving how much of an attacking threat he is for the side, despite not being able to help City break the deadlock in midweek.

Moving forward, with City’s next match seeing them take on Crystal Palace in the Premier League on Saturday, we feel that Gundogan’s performance in midweek has certainly put him in contention to start this game against Patrick Vieira’s side.

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