Manchester City and Pep Guardiola seem to enjoy visiting the London Stadium, following up on their 5-0 win in the FA Cup there a few weeks ago, with an exceptional 4-0 win tonight.
Let’s take a look at how Jordan Elgott rated the performances of the individual players:
Willy Caballero – 7.5
Entrusted with a starting spot by Pep Guardiola, Willy Caballero continued his solid form with a clean sheet tonight. Whenever he’s been called upon this season, Willy has proved to be a reliable, safe pair of hands. Who would have thought it?
Bacary Sagna – 7
Selected ahead of Pablo Zabaleta, probably due to his aerial ability, Sagna turned in yet another solid performance from right full-back. He wasn’t quite at his attacking best, but did well defensively and was assured in possession.
John Stones – 8
Plenty has been made of John Stones’ playing style this season, with the Englishman attracting a great deal of criticism for his supposedly ‘overly-relaxed’ style. Tonight, however, Stones was excellent. Not only was he typically composed on the ball, but his defensive performance mirrored that of a typical English centre-half – brave, bullish, and assured. Top performance.
Nicolas Otamendi – 7.5
In the same fixture a few weeks ago, in the FA Cup, Otamendi turned in a very good performance, and today was no different. We didn’t see any of his typical recklessness, and instead saw ‘the General’ marshall Andy Carroll out of the game.
Aleksandar Kolarov – 7
Had a bit of an iffy start to the game, giving the ball away in a dangerous area and also wasting a good chance from a free-kick at the other end. He grew into the game as time passed, however, and played a selection of delightful long-range passes which helped to put the Blues on the attack.
Yaya Touré – 8
Something which is going unnoticed in Manchester City’s recent revival is Yaya Touré’s return to form. The Ivorian has transformed from a sluggish, lazy liability who couldn’t be trusted in a two-man midfield, into an all-encompassing one-man midfielder.
His performance today went under the radar thanks to City’s electrifying front three, but Yaya played very well, and took his penalty with his usual finesse.
Kevin De Bruyne – 8
After a barren run, Kevin De Bruyne made it two goals in two games by giving City the lead at the London Stadium. After picking up the ball in the middle of the pitch, the Belgian played a delightful one-two with Gabriel Jesus, before finishing with a superb first time finish from the edge of the box. A really good performance from Kevin.
David Silva – 8.5
David loves playing away at West Ham, and made it three goals in three away games away at The Hammers this evening. Silva was composed in possession, intelligent with his movement, and put in a hardworking performance alongside Yaya Touré and KDB in the middle of the park. He’s look much improved in the past month.
Raheem Sterling – 9
He took a lot of criticism after City’s draw at home to Spurs, but Raheem Sterling was back to his best in a blue shirt tonight. He showed a lack of selfishness by squaring the ball to Gabriel Jesus for the third goal when he could have shot, and then beat Jose Fonte with a fantastic piece of trickery which led to City’s fourth goal from the penalty spot.
Gabriel Jesus – 9
From the very start, Gabriel Jesus looked like a live-wire that wouldn’t give West Ham’s defenders any time to think all night. Making his first Premier League start for the Blues, the Brazilian forward capped the occasion with his first Premier League assist, and more importantly, his first Premier League goal. Very, very promising.
Leroy Sané – 9 (Man of the Match)
My ‘Man of the Match’ today, although it could have been given to any of the front three. Sané started the season slowly, but he has looked better and better with every passing week. West Ham’s defenders couldn’t deal with him today, and his assist for David Silva’s goal was a thing of beauty; embarrassing both Sam Byram and Jose Fonte before squaring the ball to his team-mate to tap in. His role in City’s third goal should also be highlighted, as the German winger did brilliantly to intercept a pass, before playing a perfectly weighted pass into Raheem Sterling, who squared the ball to be tapped home. He worked hard both in the opposition’s half, and in his own, and is quickly cementing his name as one of the first on the team-sheet.
Fernandinho – 7
Making his first appearance since his red card against Burnley, Fernandinho replaced Kevin De Bruyne and helped to solidify and protect City’s lead. Won’t be too long before he is named in the starting line-up once more.
Sergio Aguero – 7
Sergio is a man with a point to prove at the moment, and he looked like it when he came on. He looked sharp going forward, providing some good passes.
Fabian Delph – N/A
No time to mark, but good to see him getting some more minutes.
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