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Top 5 most valuable players at Manchester City in 2021/2022

Transfer window will be reopened for the month of January 2033. CIES Football Observatory has released the list of the most valuable players of Manchester city squad.

Here is the list of top five:

5 Ruben Dias 

Position: Defender

Nationality: Portugal 

75 million euros

PLAYING STYLE: He is skilled at poking possession away from an opponent or stealing the ball – using his upper-body strength to move his opponent off the ball. A prominent technique when dispossessing an opponent involves Dias wrapping his leg around them and approaching the ball from the side.

4 Phil Foden

Position: Forward

Nationality: England

80 million euros

PLAYING STYLE: As Phil Foden ascended the Manchester City academy ranks, he was dubbed the ‘Stockport Iniesta’ by fans. Recently, he has been likened to another legendary footballer by supporters, with the nickname ‘Skin-fade Gascoigne’ being bestowed upon him by the creator of Mr. Whippy. As these comparisons suggest, Foden was expected to excel in midfield for Manchester City, quite possibly replacing David Silva. However, he has ended up replacing another crucial player who left Manchester last two summer – Leroy Sané – albeit not in a like-for-like manner, which we will dissect later.

3 Raheem Sterling 

Position: Forward 

Nationality: England 

€90 million

PLAYING STYLE: Sterling has also been more active in the left channel, where he's been working hard on both sides of the ball. If we compare his playing style across the past three seasons, the main difference besides the downturn in shooting is that's he's disrupting more plays. 

2 Jack Grealish 

Position: Attacking Midfielder 

Nationality: England 

€100 million

PLAYING STYLE: His dribbling in the final third causes all sorts of problems for the opposition thus drawing in more than a defender which in turn creates space for his teammates. He is an excellent carrier of the ball who is not afraid to take on defenders and go for a shot himself. He is so difficult to be shrugged off the ball due to his impressive physical strength and balance that teams had to adopt fouling him to prevent the immediate goal threat, thus making him the most fouled player in a season of the Premier League.

1 Kevin De Bruyne 

Position: Central Midfielder 

Nationality: Belgium 

€100 million

PLAYING STYLE: This season, the Belgian has the tactical awareness needed to find these pockets of space and link up with his team mates, creating passing triangles and diamonds around the pitch. He also possesses the vision and eye for a pass, Grealish, Sterling and Walker on the run with excellent long balls in order exploit the width of the pitch: his distribution permits City’s wingers/wing backs to test their markers in 1vs1 situations and thrive in attacking transitions at the speed of light.

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