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Starboy Sterling shines with hat-trick of assists: Man City Player Ratings vs. West Ham

On Manchester City’s third visit to the London Stadium, they managed to score four goals, as they dispatched of David Moyes’ West Ham side in fashion with a 4-1 victory. Apart from a positive end to the first half, the Hammers didn’t look in the game at all. City are now one win away from the all times points record, with three games to play.

Ederson – 6/10

A mixed performance for City’s Brazilian ‘keeper – on the one hand, he made some important dashes from his line to clear the ball effectively, however could’ve done much better with the goal, and was lucky not to lose the ball when he was allegedly fouled by Arnautovic.

Kyle Walker – 6/10

A few poor touches aside, it was a solid shift for Kyle Walker, who was replaced by Danilo on the hour mark. Let’s hope the change wasn’t due to an injury.

Nicolas Otamendi – 6/10

We often criticise referees when they make the wrong decisions, but don’t cite them for holding their calm – on another day, Otamendi could’ve easily been sent off. From the point of the yellow card, Nico looked nervous when in a one-on-one situation, but he dealt with them all well.

Aymeric Laporte – 7/10

Signing Laporte in January was totally the correct call by Pep and the hierarchy at City, as he has had five months to settle into the side, and has been getting better by the week. Apart from perhaps being to blame for losing the ball in the run-up to the free-kick that resulted in a West Ham goal, it was a pleasing performance by Laporte, who’s range of passing is admirable.

Fabian Delph – 6/10

As said many times before, one of the unsung heroes in this title-winning side is Fabian Delph. This afternoon there was not much to write home about regarding Fabian, however that is not necessarily a bad thing – he rarely puts a foot wrong and today was not a game exempt from that.

Fernandinho – 8/10

Fernandinho’s ‘breaking the lines’ passing from deep is one of his biggest traits, and today was a perfect example of that. It took him half an hour or so to get with the tempo of the game following a two game absence, but today’s captain was excellent in the second half, contributing to all phases of play and being rewarded with a goal.

Ilkay Gundogan – 8/10

I have to admit that I am one of the City fanbase that doesn’t understand the Gundogan criticism on social media. He may not be De Bruyne or Silva, but he’s a great deputy that can operate in a number of roles adequately. Gave away the free-kick but his passing and silky touches in and around the box were brilliant.

Kevin De Bruyne – 7/10

Kevin’s season has been so good that when he has a below average game for his standards, it gets labeled as a poor performance. De Bruyne was good today, and made us tick in midfield, although he was unlucky with a few attempted passes and shots.

Raheem Sterling – 9/10 (Man of the Match)

City now hold the top four positions in the assist table, thanks to Raheem’s three assists today. Aside from this, he was the best player on the pitch and looked dangerous whenever he had the ball.

Gabriel Jesus – 8/10

Reminiscent to Gabriel’s performance at the Olympic Stadium last year, the young Brazilian added to his goal tally with a tidy finish. His link-up play is second-to-none, and his tenacity off the ball is admirable.

Leroy Sané – 7/10

Sané returned to the team and made an instant impact, playing a massive part in the first goal that took a deflection off Ogbonna. Apart from that, he could’ve scored a couple more, but failed to sort his feet out in the vital moments a couple of times.

Subs:

Danilo – 6/10

Replaced Walker and looked assured as ever in possession.

Yaya Touré – 6/10

Will we get to see one more Yaya goal? I’m not sure, but what I do know is that he will go down as a City legend and certainly a top three player in City’s history.

Lukas Nmecha – N/A

Congratulations on Lukas Nmecha who made his Premier League debut today – not much to report on his performance but his physique and athleticism will certainly work in his favour as he tries to break into the first team.

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