2013/14 Player Ratings: Jesus Navas

Jamie McDonald

Jesus Navas (30 appearances - 18 starts plus 12 as substitute): 7/10.

Navas's season was a curious one to dissect. When considering his performances, highs and lows and so forth, there was a sense that the winger didn't quite fulfil early expectations.

He was clearly an important part of what Manuel Pellegrini wanted to bring to the club, identifying immediately after arriving at the club and the sense early on was that his style - blistering pace and an ability to get behind and stretch a defence - would align perfectly with Pellegrini's philosophy.

And in those heady early months he did just that, sparkling in City's attack as they ran riot in the Autumn months, yet like his compatriot Alvaro Negredo, a combination of injury and a downturn in form saw his early form stagnate and his performances suffer as a consequence. (All of which may see him and Negredo miss the cut when Vincente del Bosque names his final squad). At times he become too one-dimensional, although the loss of Negredo and Sergio Aguero, it could be argued, also impacted on his productivity.

There was a tendency to think that Navas ended up being under-utilised but despite only making 18 starts he featured in 58.1% of Premier League minutes but in the latter stages of the season he saw more time on the bench, even with a five man midfield found himself on the outside.

Navas performed solidly enough though, holding is own at times even amongst the likes of David Silva and Samir Nasri and with the future of James Milner still up in the air he could be expected to play an even bigger role in 2014/15.

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