Gabriel Jesus, Phil Foden, Ilkay Gundogan and Bernardo Silva. Credit: Getty.
With the Premier League season nearly a third of the way through, we already have a good idea who will be the main runners and riders at the top of the division.
Champions Manchester City can be pleased with their start to the campaign and trail leaders Chelsea by just three points after 11 games.
Pep Guardiola’s men lost on the opening weekend of the season, although that was largely due to the squad being unprepared after several late returns from the summer international competitions.
Since then, the Blues have dropped points just three times, drawing to Southampton and Liverpool, before suffering their most disappointing league result of the season to date, when they lost 2-0 to Crystal Palace last month.
The Blues have used just 22 players in the early stages of the season, but which player has been the best?
Well, experts at WhoScored.com keep track of all Man City games and rate every player out of 10. From there, they work out an average score across the season.
WhoScored claim its ratings are "based on a unique, comprehensive statistical algorithm, calculated live during the game. There are over 200 raw statistics included in the calculation of a player’s/team’s rating, weighted according to their influence within the game.”
Man City’s ‘Gundog-one’
While Bernardo Silva and Joao Cancelo have probably been City’s most talked about players this season, it’s actually Ilkay Gundogan who has registered their highest tally with an average score of 7.41 from his seven appearances.
It’s the Portuguese duo who then follow close behind Gundogan, with Silva on 7.37 and Cancelo registering 7.35.
While most may feel summer signing Jack Grealish has endured a slow start to life at the Etihad, he’s actually fourth on WhoScored’s list, with a rating of 7.32.
Not so sterling from Raheem
At the other end of the scale is Raheem Sterling, who has registered a 6.5 from nine games, although six of those have come from the bench which may impact his score.
Similarly, Fernandinho’s tally is 6.3 and the Brazilian has started just two league matches this term. However, the lowest total is Cole Palmer’s 6.12, but the midfielder is yet to start a game and has featured in just 22 minutes of the campaign to date.
Oleksandr Zinchenko has also made two substitute appearances and is third-bottom on 6.37.
Two players with surprisingly low scores are Aymeric Laporte (6.61) and Kevin De Bruyne (6.93), but the former’s total was impacted by his red card against Crystal Palace, while the No.17 has struggled for consistency this season.
Man City’s average player ratings
1. Ilkay Gundogan (7.41), 2. Bernardo Silva (7.37), 3. Joao Cancelo (7.35), 4. Jack Grealish (7.32), 5. Rodri (7.27), 6. Gabriel Jesus (7.26), 7. Ferran Torres (7.23), 8. Zack Steffen (7.16), 9. Phil Foden (7.14), 10. Ruben Dias (6.95), 11. Kevin De Bruyne (6.93), 12. Nathan Ake (6.82), 13. John Stones (6.81), 14. Riyad Mahrez (6.75), 15. Kyle Walker (6.72), 16. Ederson (6.63), 17. Aymeric Laporte (6.61), 18. Benjamin Mendy (6.60), 19. Raheem Sterling (6.50), 20. Oleksandr Zinchenko (6.37), 21. Fernandinho (6.30), 22. Cole Palmer (6.12)