Can Mario do it again?
- 30 November 2011 10:37
- Posted by David Clayton
The November Etihad Player of the Month Award could prove the most difficult yet for voters with numerous candidates worthy of the honour.
The battle begins today with the five nominees unveiled - and by voting for your personal favourite, you will have the chance to meet the player in person and present them with the award if your name is drawn out of the hat when voting closes.
So here are the quintet of City players who are up for the November gong:
Mario Balotelli: Three more goals, two of them penalties and a red card - just your average, quiet month for Mario!
The Italian striker scored against Villarreal and Newcastle from the spot and he was also on hand to poke home an equaliser in Napoli before controversially being sent off against Liverpool. After winning the award last month, Mario is again a front-runner for November.
James Milner: No goals but several assists and at least two man-of-the-match awards make Milner another strong candidate this month.
The England midfielder has become one of the first names on Roberto Mancini's team-sheet and is yet to win an award for his sustained efforts, though his hard work and industry has become more appreciated by City fans in recent months.
Joe Hart: Just the one clean sheet for Hart, but a solid month, nonetheless.
For his wonder show against Liverpool alone, nobody would begrudge Hart winning Player of the Month, but he was also the Blues' star man away to Napoli with at least three outstanding saves - a fantastic few weeks for the England No.1.
Yaya Toure: With three goals in November, Yaya is certainly in the mix for the Etihad award.
His brace in Villarreal set the Blues on the way to an impressive 3-0 win in Spain and his towering header against QPR sealed the points for City when the game could have gone either way - but has he done enough to collect your vote?
Sergio Aguero: Not his most explosive month but productive, all the same.
Sergio scored a penalty against Newcastle and the goal that sent the Blues into the semi-final of the Carling Cup, so again, he is a challenger for the November award.
All you need to do now is register your vote here - polls close at midnight on 4 December.