The 2015/16 season was marked by inconsistency and disappointment at Manchester City. In our latest Vox Pops, fifteen City Watch writers picked just four candidates for player of the season between them. So who impressed and who disappointed in what was ultimately an unfulfilling season by our modern day standards? Here are my player ratings for the season.
JOE HART – 8
An excellent season for England’s number one, who finished just one clean sheet off a fifth Golden Glove award. He can be more than pleased with his season’s work.
WILLY CABALLERO – 6.5
Let’s be fair, other than the cup final he’s been absolutely dross, but he did make three unforgettable penalty to win us the trophy and for that deserves some recognition.
BACARY SAGNA – 8
The Frenchman wrestled the right-back slot off Zabaleta and has never looked back, rewarding Pellegrini’s faith with an outstanding season.
PABLO ZABALETA – 6
Injuries and lack of fitness seem to have killed him as a top-level player, and he struggled in many of his appearances this year. Hard to watch as his regression is more and more evident with each game he plays.
NICOLAS OTAMENDI – 6.5
He’d probably have an extra half-point but his slide tackles piss me off so much that I can’t mark him higher. He’s had a number of good performances, but my lasting memories of him are his ridiculous and often costly lunges.
VINCENT KOMPANY – 6.5
Same old story, great when fit but injuries have crippled him. For that reason I can’t mark him much higher than average.
MARTIN DEMICHELIS – 5
Oh Martin – he’s regressed hugely, though mostly down to his age. That said, some of his performances this season have given me nightmares, notably the Manchester derby.
ELIAQUIM MANGALA – 6
No matter how good he can be, there’s always a feeling he’ll make a mistake, and he often does. There’s a player in there somewhere, but he lacks any sort of consistency.
ALEKSANDAR KOLAROV – 4
He’s had a nightmare of a season. Just when you think he can’t get any worse, he proves you wrong in spectacular fashion.
GAEL CLICHY – 7
A very solid season in which the French veteran shut down many top opponents. Like his opposite full-back Sagna, he can be pleased with his season.
JESUS NAVAS – 6.5
Works hard, but it’s always the same problem – his final delivery. If he gave me a pound for every cross that hit the first man, I could wager similar amounts as Demichelis!
FERNANDO – 7
After a disappointing debut campaign he had a much better year, looking fitter and putting in some top quality performances.
FERNANDINHO – 8.5 (Player of the Season)
A magnificent season for the Brazilian international. He worked tirelessly all year even when others seemed less willing to put in a shift, and has consistently performed at a high standard.
YAYA TOURE – 6
After such a glittering City career, he’s another whose regression has been painful to watch. We saw a few moments of classic Yaya magic, but overall his decline was clear.
FABIAN DELPH – 5
He’s lacked quality, fitness and a tactical brain. Needs to up his game next season if he is retained.
RAHEEM STERLING – 6.5
Promised so much, but has struggled for consistency at times. Excellent in the Champions League, but needs to up his game domestically where he was often quiet this season.
SAMIR NASRI – N/A
Been on the treatment table for most of the season, but some promising signs when he returned late in the campaign.
DAVID SILVA – 6.5
He looked at his very best level until his ankle problems resurfaced, and since then his performances have drastically declined. Hopefully he can rest and come back strong next season.
KEVIN DE BRUYNE – 8
Instant impact. Fits us like a glove and has provided us with some memorable moments. KDB is only going to get better and better under Pep Guardiola’s leadership.
KELECHI IHEANACHO – 7.5
A hugely impressive debut season. The Nigerian teenager has a ridiculously good scoring record, and has a bright future ahead of him.
WILFRIED BONY – 4.5
Not as bad as Kolarov, but bad nevertheless, I don’t think I’ve seen him break stride all season. A complete waste of money.
SERGIO AGUERO – 7.5
Another stellar season for our Argentine icon. He ended the season on 29 goals in 44 appearances and would have won the Golden Boot if not for his injuries. Some of his overall performances have been lacking, but he delivers the goals every season.