With Manchester City apparently in the market for a David Silva replacement, we’ve opted to run the rule overe the Spanish schemer and his Citizen teammates’ performances from the previous season.
The defending champions relinquished their crown to Chelsea and are rated at 11/4 to win it back again next season.
Based on these scores, keeping the core of their team together will be key.
The Argentine bottle rocket’s 26 goals won him Premier League Golden Boot, while none of his City teammates could best his eight assists either.
A hat-trick against FC Bayern Munchen was key in their unlikely Champions League last-16 qualification and he managed 33 top-tier appearances too – the second highest tally of his career in England.
A haul of 12 goals meant Silva set a new personal best for seasonal strikes, but this extra effort in the final third didn’t temper his creative powers.
He laid on seven more in the league and averaged 2.9 key passes per outing, a figure only Mesut Ozil can best.
The Citizens used the Yorkshire utility man in seven positions last term and despite being handed just 18 starts, he weighed in with meaningful contributions in both the goals scored and set up departments.
City’s eccentric number one was the Premier League’s joint-top clean sheet keeper of the previous campaign, suggesting the club’s failure to retain their crown had little to do with him.
A scintillating display to keep Lionel Messi at bay in the Nou Camp guaranteed him a C at least.
As consistent as ever at right-back, the Argentina international fended off the experienced Bacary Sagna’s best efforts to dislodge him from the first XI.
Plaudits are deserved for the Spaniard sharing top spot on the Man City assist chart with eight, despite his constant criticism for not delivering on the big occasions.
The Chilean may have overseen City’s dethroning, but the club’s failure to strengthen in the previous summer, widely recognised as the cause of their demise, was the fault of those above him.
Despite the drawbacks, he still strung multiple winning runs together and his team outscored every other in the top flight.
As far as value for money goes, the Frenchman’s 2014/15 didn’t vindicate a £32m transfer, but his end of season showings suggest promise for the coming campaign.
Yaya Toure, Vincent Kompany, Stevan Jovetic, Samir Nasri, Edin Dzeko
The quintet let their team down badly for the most part of the campaign, though were saved from U grades by a couple of bright moments.
Toure was awful in the second half of the season, but integral in the nine-match run the Citizens went on before the dawn of 2015.
Nasri scored the fantastic goal that enabled the club to qualify from the Champions League group stage, but struggled to break into the team this year.
Kompany’s standards undoubtedly slipped and he was frequently injured, though not as much as ailment-magnet Jovetic, while Dzeko’s lack of goals prompted the £28m January splurge on Wilfried Bony.