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17 May 2010 07:50:16

| Submit Comments| Comments (15)| Printable Version1/1Play SlideshowClose MapSTAR MAN: Carlos TevezA critical Stuart Brennan takes a measured view of how the Blues came within an ace of joining the European elite with some memorable performances... SHAY GIVEN: Showed why he has a reputation as a great shot-stopper during a frantic first half to the season, but some questions remain about his command of the area7 PABLO ZABALETA : Mr Versatile, playing in five different positions, each with extreme commitment. Finished the season very strongly 7 MICAH RICHARDS: Difficult season for him. Some great moments going forward, and three goals, but odd defensive lapses 6 NEDUM ONUOHA: Bad luck has dogged him, with injuries at inopportune moments, and never got the chance to show his talent 6 KOLO TOURE: Began the season with vitality, pace and determination, but looked distracted and sometimes dodgy in last three months of the season 6 VINCENT KOMPANY: Missed first three months after a toe op, but then established himself as the best defender at the club with composed, dominant displays 8 DEDRYCK BOYATA: Voted young player of the year after being thrown into the thrilling Carling Cup derbies against United - and emerging with great credit and promise 6 JOLEON LESCOTT: Looked uncertain and uneasy at first, but was starting to look like an international defender when two injuries interrupted his season 7 WAYNE BRIDGE: His season was overshadowed by off-field personal problems, and it appeared to affect his form badly. Struggled in important climax to the season 6 SYLVINHO: Brilliant attitude, and others could learn from his professionalism. Appearances limited, but scored a stunning goal in Cup at Scunthorpe 6 JAVIER GARRIDO: Was heading for the exit door until Mancini became manager, and briefly revitalised his career. But the club has left him behind a little 5 NIGEL DE JONG: Has become a cult figure among fans for his uncompromising attitude and ferocious tackling. Could improve passing and shooting 7 PATRICK VIEIRA: Injury disrupted his half-season at City, and it was hard to tell whether his rustiness was down to age or lack of match-practice 5 GARETH BARRY: Began the season superbly, a strong presence who keeps the midfield ticking smoothly, but was later inhibited by a groin problem 7 SHAUN WRIGHT-PHILLIPS: Frustrating season for the popular winger. Some brilliant moments, and sometimes failed to rise to the challenge in big matches 6 ADAM JOHNSON: One of the success stories, a left winger who put in some tremendous displays on the right, and netted the goal of the season at Sunderland 7 STEVIE IRELAND: Another erstwhile hero who found it tough to adapt to new systems of play under Hughes and then Mancini 6 MARTIN PETROV: Angry and frustrated under Hughes, he briefly blossomed under Mancini before injury ended his season 5 CRAIG BELLAMY: Brilliant in the first derby, and a torment to full-backs all season, as well as getting 11 goals 8 ROBINHO: Broken ankle interrupted early part of the season, but he failed to show the commitment or the work-rate which great players have 4 EMMANUEL ADEBAYOR: Began the season with a scoring blitz, but then ran into problems with discipline, injury and terrorists - but still bagged 14 goals 7 CARLOS TEVEZ: The superlatives have all been used, but Tev carried City at times, scoring 29 times, working ceaselessly and always at the front of the battle 9 ROQUE SANTA CRUZ: Fears that his history of injury problems may haunt the Blues came true. Didn't play enough to show his undoubted ability but will shine next season 5 BENJANI: Stepped in for a cameo display when a striker shortage struck at Christmas, and reminded everyone of his limitations at this level 5 Agree with the ratings? Have your say.| Submit Comments| Comments (15)| Printable VersionAdd A CommentEnter your comments:Type your comment here...


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