Manchester City should value Jesus Navas like their other key men

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When Manchester City fans reminisce about their star players so far this campaign, names such as David Silva, Yaya Toure, Sergio Aguero and Vincent Kompany all spring to mind. Quite rightly so of course.

However, one name unlikely to be in this list is Spanish winger, Jesus Navas.

With calls coming from the citizens to drop him for Samir Nasri or to snap up Kevin De Bruyne in his place. The reason for this, is that they are most likely tired of seeing Navas' typical pattern of play.


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Which seems to be sprinting down the wing, whilst halting and faking crosses occasionally, only to either pass it backwards or deliver a mediocre ball into the box.

However, some may argue the Spaniard deserves more praise.

Not many notice his contribution to this City team, but he actually adds a different dynamic to the Blues' style of play.

As mentioned before about the Spaniard's typical pattern, it's not that he has a lack of creativity, but more of the fact he's probing the full-backs and dragging them around.

Meanwhile, he also has the trick of sprinting back inside to gain a few acres of space, allowing him to square a sharp ball to the feet of Yaya Toure or David Silva, City's danger men in the final third.

When this happens, two instances can occur.

1. Either one of the blues' creative midfielders will have a shot, for example, when Navas' sharp inside pass led to Yaya Toure's deflected goal for the opener against West Brom.

2. City's creative influences drop a through ball onto goal or open up space with a one-two.

Many can argue that this doesn't make Jesus Navas a special player, and it doesn't; but his ability to change direction as quickly as he does, whilst playing at such a high tempo, all the while rarely losing control of the ball, is just so underrated.

So, yes, it's frustrating to watch the Spaniard, as a Manchester City supporter, sprint to the byline only to deliver a failed cross from time to time.

Bare in mind though, he adds so much more to this side than that.

The 29 year old former Sevilla man is also an extremely hard worker and always got back to help Bacary Sagna against Eden Hazard at the weekend. In short, a workhorse as well as a typical pacy winger.

All of this, along with an extremely professional attitude emulated from Navas, has prompted Manuel Pellegrini to keep starting him week in and week out.

Whether this will be the case if De Bruyne is snapped up from Wolfsburg or not remains to be seen.

However, if the highly speculated transfer were to not go ahead, the blues will definitely not be short of supply down the right flank.

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