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Manchester City 2014/15 Player Ratings: Willy Caballero

Willy Caballero, City's Argentine second keeper
Willy Caballero, City's Argentine second keeper
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Willy Caballero (2 league appearances): 5/10

Brought in by Pellegrini over the summer from Málaga, Willy Caballero only managed seven full starts, two of which were in the Barclays Premier League. His first appearance came in Man City's 3-0 defeat to Arsenal in the 2014 Community Shield. Though this was not the way to endear himself to Man City, the next 6 starts he made resulted in a record of 4 wins and 2 losses. It is notable to mention, however, that those two losses resulted in Man City's elimination from the FA Cup to Middlesbrough by 2-0, and from the Capital One Cup to Newcastle by 2-0.

In the Premier League, he has come out victorious on his two starts, against Hull, 4-2, and against Sunderland, 3-2. According to WhoScored, he produced a 6.91 rating for his performance against Hull, and a 6.33 rating against Sunderland. These ratings are quite average for someone who is the second string goalkeeper of a top Premier League contender and someone seeking to displace Joe Hart, especially when you consider that Sunderland was a whisker away from relegation and Hull was relegated. Joe Hart is the solid number 1 for City, and it is clear that with these ratings, if Caballero stays on with City, it will difficult for him to displace Hart.

Sure, a 5/10 rating may seem quite low for someone that has not too many matches under his belt, but his disappointing performances when called upon by Manuel Pellegrini have prompted this lack of match time. Those eliminations from the Capital One Cup and the FA Cup have certainly made things more difficult for Caballero. If he is given a chance in the preseason for City in Australia for the International Champions Cup, then perhaps Pellegrini may be inclined to give him more chances in the Prem, but for now, Caballero should conform with the second string position.