Midfielders are generally the most hard-working players on the pitch.From helping out defenders in dispossessing opponents to assisting attackers in scoring goals,they do it all. Many such great midfielders have played for Manchester City throughout their history and we have tried to pick ”10 greatest Manchester City midfielders of all time”.
Here are the top 10 greatest Manchester City midfielders of all time ,we have left out some of the wingers who also played as outside right or outside left.
A brilliant utility player and former captain during his City career,Lake was a Manchester lad, and City through and through. Some City fans have called him our Duncan Edwards, in that he was a prodigiously talented youngster who never got to fulfil his natural talent. If it wasn’t for his injuries,he could have gone to achieve huge success. Equally comfortable in defence or midfield, he had the world at his feet on his day.
Lake signed a youth contract with City in 1983 after being spotted by scout Ken Barnes,turning senior in 1986.He burst onto the scene at Maine Road in 1987, and his promise earned him selection for England’s Under 21 side and a call-up to Bobby Robson’s 30-man preliminary squad for the World Cup in 1990.
But Lake’s career was rocked by a ruptured cruciate ligament injury he suffered in September 1990 during a match against Aston Villa. That injury eventually forced Lake to retire in 1996 after just 110 league appearances for the club.
Asa Hartford was a dynamic, tough-tackling and accomplished midfielder who spent 8 seasons with Manchester City over two spells.He started his career with West Brom and his performances attracted interest from the top clubs.However in November 1971 a high-profile transfer to Leeds United was cancelled when a suspected hole in-the-heart condition was found during a medical examination. In spite of this Hartford was signed from Albion by City manager Tony Book for £210, 000 in August 1974.
He helped City to win the League Cup in 1976 and made over 320 appearances for the club over the course of his both spells.
Neil joined Manchester City from Brighton in 1983 for £35,000 and was arguably City’s best player of the eighties, being voted Player of the Year in 1986/87 and 1988/89. A skilful and very competitive midfield player, Neil inspired a young team to promotion from the Second Division in 1989.
McNab scored sixteen goals in 221 league appearances and will be remembered as the man who scored the first goal in the 10-1 hammering of Huddersfield Town in November 1987. He left City in 1990 for Tranmere Rovers but returned to the club in 1994 as the Youth team Coach.
7.Kevin De Bruyne
De Bruyne is one of the present day superstars of Manchester City.He is one of the best playmakers and possess incredilble technique, wide range of passing, vision and long-range shooting skills, and is often regarded as one of the best midfielders in Europe.
He is in his third season with Manchester City after being purchased from Wolfsburg in 2015. Manchester City’s manager Pep Guardiola was highly impressed by the Belgian last season and said “I think he is a special, outstanding player. He makes everything. Without the ball he is the first fighter, and with the ball he is clear – he sees absolutely everything.”
If De Bruyne can keep performing consistently and dedicate few more years to the service of this club,there’s no reason why he can’t make it to the top 5 of this list.