Martin Demichelis (31 League appearances; 42 appearances overall): 7.5/10
If you (and I mean any of you, dammit) came to me before the season and bet all the money in your pocket against all the money in mine that Mr. Martin Demichelis, born before Ronald Reagan's presidency and our slowest center back by half-a-yard at least, would be our best defender... well, you would have won all the money in my pocket.
Twas not supposed to be thus.
Demichelis, owner of the best mane seen in these parts in many a blue moon, was coming off an inconsistent season that started badly and ended wonderfully. In spite of Pellegrini's obvious confidence in him, the 14/15 season saw Demichelis as a placeholder for the most expensive defensive signing in the history of the Barclays Premier League (hi, Eliaquim!). Kompany was supposed to be best, Mangala was supposed to be next and Demichelis was supposed to be here for maybe the whole season but then again, maybe not.
And then the season actually happened.
Here's what was clear to me after watching every minute of every game:
- Vincent Kompany, who had his worst year in a City shirt, was at his best playing alongside Demichelis.
- Eliaquim Mangala, who had his worst year in a City shirt, was at his best playing alongside Demichelis.
- Neither Kompany nor Mangala played all that well when they weren't playing alongside Demichelis.
- Martin Demichelis made comparatively few mistakes this season (certainly fewer than Kompany and Mangala).