Manchester City secured their 13th win in a row after beating West Brom at The Hawthorns 3-2. It was convincing performance and only a late goal following a Otamendi error made it look otherwise.
Here’s how I rated the players.
Ederson – 6
Overall it was a strong display from the Brazilian. He was imposing, quick off his line and spread the ball well. While completely blameless for West Brom’s second, Ederson deserves a little flak for charging through for Rodriguez’s goal – albeit it being offside.
Kyle Walker – 9 (Man of the Match)
Walker is as impressive as they get for full-backs. He doesn’t have the special touch of Alves or Marcelo but he does excel in every other department. He can pass, cross (yes, Gary Lineker), run and defend. He was impossible to beat for pace today and his rampaging runs were timed to perfection. Five assists in all competitions so far this season isn’t shabby either.
John Stones – 7
A strong showing from Stones who fills you with confidence like never before. Stones seems to win his 1v1 duels more often, time his interceptions better and jockey his opposition forwards away from danger more robustly. Today was no exception as he handled Rondon and then Robson-Kanu well regardless of the two goals West Brom managed to score.
Nicolas Otamendi – 6
A clumsy tackle just outside the box to pick up a booking and then a horrible error to gift away a goal. That all sounds very much like 2015-17 Otamendi doesn’t it? That said, today’s gimmicks have been exception rather than the ordinary for Otamendi this season and the Argentinian actually played quite well otherwise.
Fabian Delph – 7
A few horribly mis-hit clearances aside it was a very good performance from your boy Delph. He’s grown in stature since becoming our number one left-back, now arriving in the final third to set up chances and popping up in the middle to take pot-shots when he can too. West Brom tried to target him today so has every other side he’s come up against. The end result is always been the same.
Fernandinho – 8
A top, controlling performance from Fernandinho today, especially against three quality midfielders in Livermore, Kyrsowiack and Barry. Calmy assisted Sané for his first and then scored a sweet if-deflected strike to quickly take the lead again at 1-1.
David Silva – 7
Silva was a little off today and probably should’ve scored one if not two goals as well. He’s good at arriving in those positions but lacks that killer touch that maybe some of his fellow attackers have. That said, he played a role in the goals and troubled West Brom’s very, very deep block throughout.
Kevin De Bruyne – 7
One of De Bruyne’s quieter games this season but that does not mean he wasn’t effective. He may not have recorded an assist but his signature angled passes created loads of problems for the West Brom defence. If anything, today’s score-line flattered West Brom because of the brilliant football City were playing – most of it conducted by Kevin De Bruyne.
Leroy Sané – 8
Despite a tame last 20 minutes or so, Leroy propelled City all game. He was the guy making the attacks happen and it was he who Silva and De Bruyne constantly looked for. His goal was a superb stroke of the ball to take it under the defender and then past a hapless Foster while he also played pivotal roles in the other goals too. Sane has now scored and assisted in each of his last four games for City. What a player he has become.
Bernardo Silva – 6.5
Bernardo started his third game in the row as he slowly eases himself into this City side and system. Coming in from the right-wing, he played a little like right-wing Leo Messi under Luis Enrique. Nice touches, swerves and flicks with lots of great movement but maybe just lacking that incisive pass or shot. He doesn’t seem to try to get into the best positions so he often seems like a third playmaker, stacked somewhere out wide to accommodate. Of course, it’s still early days and I’m sure Pep has big plans for the Portuguese.
Gabriel Jesus – 6.5
A hustly, workman-like performance for Jesus in a game where no real chances presented themselves. He dropped deep a lot looking for the ball and he often found himself chasing shadows or loose balls.
Raheem Sterling – 7
An excellent cameo from Raheem who extended his ridiculous goal-scoring return to become the highest scoring Englishman in the league. He’s direct, incisive and plays with purpose so when he came on he provided exactly what City needed. Sterling already has seven league goals so far, does anyone want to bet on him hitting 20?
İlkay Gündoğan – N/A
A late entry to the game.