Date: 22nd February 2010 at 5:49pm
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It’s been coming. The tremendous work rate of Pablo Zabaleta, the Bobby MacDonald of the side stood out a mile in the turgid Liverpool nil niller…

It’s often forgotten that Zabaleta only just turned 25 years old. The Argentian and his lung bursting efforts has already intimated his love for City and how he hopes he’ll be here for many years to come.

Zaba now has 59 City starts to his name since he left Espanyol 1.5 years ago. It’s testament to his tenacity that he has been able to nudge a resurgent Micah Richards out of the side on and off in recent times.

Zaba is a proper footballer in almost an old fashioned sense and is very often the side’s unsung hero.

When City dig in for victory at Stoke this week, his aggression will be important, provided he doesn’t dive into the tackles too often!!

Emmanuel Adebayor’s tireless running is noted as is another commanding performance from Vincent Kompany, the man who would be skipper.

5. Pablo Zabaleta [56.52%]
25. Emmanuel Adebayor [17.39%]
33. Vincent Kompany [13.04%]
3. Wayne Bridge [8.7%]
39. Craig Bellamy [4.35%]
19. Joleon Lescott [0%]
8. Shaun Wright-Phillips [0%]
1. Shay Given [0%]
7. Stephen Ireland [0%]
34. Nigel De Jong [0%]
19. Joleon Lescott [0%]
18. Gareth Barry [0%]
11. Adam Johnson [0%]
48. Abdisalam Ibrahim 0 Votes – [0%]

The Story So Far:
FA Premier League unless stated

Carlos Tevez, 5 (Bolton A, Spurs A, Wolves A, Blackburn H, the rags H, LCSF1)
Nigel de Jong, 5 (Fulham H LC R3, West Ham H, Wigan Athletic A, Liverpool A, Chelsea H)
Craig Bellamy, 4 (Arsenal H, the rags A, Villa A, Sunderland H)
Gareth Barry, 3 (Blackburn A, Portsmouth A, Stoke H)
Shaun Wright-Phillips, 3 (C. Palace A LC R2, Burnley H, Arsenal H LC QF)
Wayne Bridge, 3 (Fulham H, Hull A, Stoke H, FAC5)
Micah Richards, 2 (the rags A LCSF2, Stoke A)
Emmanuel Adebayor, 2 (Wolves H, Portsmouth H)
Shay Given, 2 (Birmingham A, Everton A)
Pablo Zabaleta, 1 (Liverpool H)
Adam Johnson, 1 (Bolton, H)
Martin Petrov, 1 (Scunthorpe A FAC4)
Vincent Kompany, 1 (Middlesbrough A FAC3)
Roque Santa Cruz, 1 (Scunthorpe H LC R4)

City’s 1-1 throwaway against Hull City registered no winner.

VMC’s Previous Man Of The Season:

2007-2008 Elano Blumer
2008-2009 Stephen Ireland

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