Vote now for the Etihad Player of the Month
- Tue 31 Jan 2012, 10:00PM
- Posted by David Clayton
Voting has opened for the January Etihad Player of the Month and by registering your entry, you could be chosen to present the winner of the award in person at Carrington.
In a mixed month for the Blues, five players stood out and are therefore our nominated quintet. Here’s the thinking behind each selection:
Joe Hart: You could argue that Hart was outstanding in every game played in January, but his displays in the Carling Cup semi-final against Liverpool, particularly at Anfield, were exceptional. Hart made stunning saves in every game in January at vital times and has proved why he is regarded as one of the best goalkeepers in the world.
Micah Richards : Who could forget Micah’s performance in the second-half against Manchester United? Or his swashbuckling displays against Liverpool? Or his determination against Tottenham? If there’s a better right-back in England right now, suggestions on a postcard. Awesome effort by the stand-in skipper.
James Milner : In another month, James Milner would be the favourite to land the Player of the Month, but instead he has three or four strong rivals for the honours. Hard-work, industry and team ethics have made Milner a firm favourite with the City fans and his efforts against United and Spurs were, at times, superb. A player whose stature seems to grow each game.
Samir Nasri: By his own admission Samir Nasri is yet to fire on all cylinders for the Blues, but there have been flashes of brilliance that deservedly see him as a January nominee. His goal against Spurs was the catalyst for a vital three points and there is much more to come from the talented Frenchman – but has he done enough to land this award?
David Silva : Does David Silva’s consistent levels of genius mean he sometimes slips beneath the radar when the monthly awards are handed out? Five assists in January for the Spanish magician – almost half of the Blues’ goals scored last month – and a disguised pass that set up Nasri against Spurs that was stunning –Silva is the player who makes City tick.
Register your nomination now - lines are open until midday, 7 February. You could also win the opportunity to train at Carrington, simply by booking an Etihad flight. Visit www.etihadfootball.com for full details.