A crucial aspect of Manchester City’s illustrious title win has been Pep Guardiola’s ability to get his side performing as such a ruthlessly efficient collective – superstar talents operating as revolving cogs in an incredibly aesthetic footballing machine.
But as the season draws to a close, it feels almost obligatory to single out the individuals that have made the most significant contributions and had the biggest impact on what has been such a spectacular campaign. With that in mind, we recently asked our four City experts one key question – who is the Citizens’ Player of the Season? Here’s what they had to say…
“As you’d expect after such a successful campaign, there are a number of players who have excelled for City this season. The fact that we have five players in the PFA Team of the Year is telling. Kyle Walker has been superb at right-back, to the extent that nobody questions his transfer fee now. Ederson has virtually redefined the role of a Premier League goalkeeper, with his range of passing and composure on the ball. Leroy Sane and Raheem Sterling provide width, pace and goals, David Silva has been his usual consistently brilliant self.
“I could go on, but hopefully you get the point. If I had to pick one player though, it would have to be Kevin De Bruyne. He has become the complete footballer under Guardiola, and is arguably the best midfielder in Europe at present.”
“Our player of the season has been Kevin De Bruyne, purely because he’s created the majority of the chances in the final third. De Bruyne can cross, play accurate through balls and even chip in with goals of his own, and he’s really the man who made Leroy Sane and Raheem Sterling have seamless transitions to become key players in a title race.”
“It’s the obvious one, but Kevin De Bruyne has just kicked on this season. Perhaps a word has to go to Ederson, whose unique skill set and his ability to settle into life in the Premier League quickly has transformed City’s capacity to play in the way Pep Guardiola wants, to David Silva for continued class and precision, to Kyle Walker for providing breathless bombing up and down the wing and to Raheem Sterling, who has had his most prolific season yet in front of goal.
“But De Bruyne has been City’s best player going forward and indeed in terms of winning the ball back again. His passes and goals are there for all to see, but his contribution has been even greater than just that.”
“Kevin De Bruyne almost single-handedly wrapped up a title race in its infancy prior to Christmas with performances that stole the breath. Bar Guardiola, no other individual can take more credit for transforming this City side into the stylish, unstoppable, record-breaking juggernaut it has become. He is not only the side’s orchestrator-in-chief but its philosophy in human form.”