City and Holland’s Nigel de Jong is growing in stature with every crunching tackle and flying intercept. Without a doubt his role was pivotal in City’s win over Chelsea…
Midfield cage fighter De Jong’s development into an established Citizens engine room anchor man has been cemented with regular starts and he now enjoys the support of a City faithful who are increasingly reassured by his presence in the mould of the great Shay Given. They know that Michael Essien is rarely outfought.
De Jong is our Man of The Match against the London superstars.
Meanwhile, The Blues to a man were brilliant as a unit yesterday but special praise should be attributed to Micah Richards who put in his best City performance in seemingly ages. Played, Mr. T!
34. Nigel De Jong 60%
1. Shay Given 13%
2. Micah Richards 10%
8. Shaun Wright-Phillips 5%
32. Carlos Tevez 5%
10. De Souza Robinho 1%
25. Emmanuel Adebayor 1%
4. Nedum Onuoha 1%
28. Kolo Toure 1%
19. Joleon Lescott 1%
3. Wayne Bridge 1%
18. Gareth Barry 1%
5. Pablo Zabaleta 0%
33. Vincent Kompany 0%
The Story So Far:
FA Premier League unless stated
Nigel de Jong, 5 (Fulham H LC R3, West Ham H, Wigan Athletic A, Liverpool A, Chelsea H)
Shaun Wright-Phillips, 3 (C. Palace A LC R2, Burnley H, Arsenal H LC QF)
Craig Bellamy, 3 (Arsenal H, the rags A, Villa A)
Gareth Barry, 2 (Blackburn A, Portsmouth A)
Shay Given, 1 (Birmingham A)
Roque Santa Cruz, 1 (Scunthorpe H LC R4)
Wayne Bridge, 1 (Fulham H)
Emmanuel Adebayor, 1 (Wolves H)
City’s 1-1 throwaway against Hull City registered no winner.
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2007-2008 Elano Blumer
2008-2009 Stephen Ireland
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