April has seen mixed results for City, with a record of three wins and the same number of losses. Fantastic displays against Hamburg in the second leg of the UEFA Cup and away at Everton have provided some memorable highlights for the Blues’ faithful, but disappointments against Arsenal and especially Fulham marred what would have otherwise been a quite successful period for Mark Hughes’s side.
Man City’s crest: ‘Superbia in Praelia’ – although the Latin should really say ‘Superbia in Praelio’
Below, I will list three candidates who, I believe, have contributed more than most to this month’s success. The list is by no means conclusive; rather it is only my humble opinion. Please could you vote at the bottom of the page for who you want to win this month’s award. Remember, it does not have to be one of the players listed below.
The Irish international, signed in January to add experience to the Blues’ goalkeeping department, has been in wonderful form over the past month, making a plethora of remarkable, and often match-winning, saves. He single handedly kept City in the tie following the first leg of the UEFA Cup away to Hamburg, and has commanded his box with more authority than Cicero in a law court. He has surely silenced his critics who doubted the reasons for his arrival, but they will now be suffering in massive pain as their words are rammed down their throats.
That’s going to hurt in the morning
The young player of the year nominee, who was pipped to the post by Ashley Young, refound his early season form, with plenty of assists and goals to boot. Neatly taken finishes against Hamburg and Everton, to name a couple, were just reward for his effort and determination to the cause. His unrelentless energy and willingness to support the attack in defence in equal measure have won him numerous admirers, and the (ex) Irish international will surely be named City’s player of the year.
Superman has been flying this month
The mercurial Brazilian has been back towards his best this month, especially towards the back end of April against Everton, Hamburg and West Bromwich Albion. He was without doubt man of the match in the second leg of the UEFA Cup tie, and in addition, he has been provider on a multitude of occasions for the Blues, most notably when he set up Robinho to score against Everton with a stunning through-ball. His calmness and accuracy from the penalty spot is unrivalled in the Premier League, and the Brazilian will be a key player as the season draws to a close.
Elano has been a revelation, especially towards the end of April
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