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50 years of MCFC player of the year: Part 5

50 years of MCFC player of the year: Part 5
First introduced in 1967, the MCFC Player of the Year is celebrating its 50th anniversary.

In the fifth and final instalment, we bring you right up to the present day, but we start with an Irishman who set a Club record…

2005-06, 2006-07, 2007-08: Richard Dunne

Having won the award for the first time in 2005, Richard Dunne became the first ever City player to win four on the spin.

The centre-back was a beacon of consistency in a period where City often struggled. He was big and powerful, deceptively quick and excellent on the ball.

Together with Sylvain Distin, he formed a formidable partnership at the heart of City’s defence.

Dunney was a firm fans’ favourite and it was easy to see why.

2008-09: Stephen Ireland

Stephen Ireland had an inspired season in 2008-09 and deservedly won City’s Player of the Year accolade.

With energy, pace, goals and assists, he was the complete midfielder whose fitness levels could not have been higher.

City finished 10th under Mark Hughes, with Ireland eclipsing the performances of some high-profile new signings.

2009-10: Carlos Tevez

The arrival of Carlos Tevez in 2009 signalled a big change at City. Tevez brought a desire and a winning mentality the squad badly needed and is viewed by many as one of the most important signings of the Sheikh Mansour era.

He scored 29 goals in 42 games and comfortably won the Player of the Year award in his first season.

2010-11: Vincent Kompany

City ended their 35-year wait for silverware in 2011 by winning the FA Cup, a moment that signalled a new era of success at the Club.

Captain Vincent Kompany, signed for just £6 million three years earlier, was instrumental in the success.

The Belgian emerged as the best defender in the English top flight and a leader in the dressing room, and the City fans adore him for it. 

2011-12: Sergio Aguero

City secured their first league title in 44 years in 2012 and it was fitting that the man whose goal deep into injury time on the final day that secured the trophy was honoured with the prestigious end-of-season award.

Sergio Aguero scored 30 goals throughout the campaign but none were more important than his goal against QPR that snatched the title from cross-town rivals Manchester United just as it looked to be heading the Reds' way. 

It’s the most iconic moment in Premier League history and a moment no City fan will ever forget.

2012-13: Pablo Zabaleta

The following season was somewhat disappointing for City but the rise of Pablo Zabaleta, who had emerged as City’s first-choice right-back towards the end of the previous campaign, continued.

Zabaleta was a consistent force at both ends of the pitch. He defended stoically and was a huge threat going forward, with his underlapping runs a key facet of City’s attack.

But more than that, Zabaleta was a hero on the terraces. It had been a long time since a player had achieved cult status but Zabaleta's all-action style and 100 per cent commitment endeared him to Blues supporters. 

2013-14: Yaya Toure

City won the Premier League and the League Cup in 2013-14 in what was arguably their best-ever campaign.

And Yaya Toure was brilliant throughout, scoring 24 goals from midfield, including 20 in the league.

There are few midfielders in Premier League history who can match Yaya’s quality. He seemingly did the job of two men that season, such was his running power and goalscoring ability. 

A true box-to-box midfielder and a genius with the ball at his feet, he is undoubtedly a City legend. 

2014-15: Sergio Aguero

Aguero picked up his second award in 2015 after bagging 32 goals in 42 games.

City were once again unable to defend their title but the Argentine was edging ever closer to becoming the Club's all-time leading goalscorer. 

Arguably the best out-and-out striker in Europe, Aguero's consistency that season was frightening. 

2015-16: Kevin De Bruyne

What a debut season it was for City’s Belgian midfielder, Kevin De Bruyne

His move from Wolfsburg was a protracted one but City knew they wanted him. He had shown during his time in the Bundesliga he could create chances and score goals and he replicated that form at the Etihad. 

He scored 17 goals and registered 16 assists, a fine record that proved he was worth going for during the summer transfer window. 

2016-17 David Silva

Pep Guardiola’s debut season may have ended trophyless but there were plenty of positives to take from the campaign.

One of them was the form of David Silva, arguably the most gifted player City have ever had. The Spaniard has been consistently brilliant since his move to City in 2010 but he appeared to find a new gear in 2016-17.

Perhaps the clearest sign of his influence is the way City struggle for fluency without him on the pitch. The Blues, undoubtedly, are a slicker outfit with Silva pulling the strings.

Surprisingly, it’s the first time he has won the award. It seems unlikely it’ll be the last. 

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