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Three things we learned from Man City 3-0 West Brom

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15 points clear at the top and a few more lessons from another win

Manchester City v West Bromwich Albion - Premier League Photo by Manchester City FC/Man City via Getty Images

1 - Fernandinho is not just a defensive player

A clever run was matched by a neat finish from the Brazilian to prove that in a Pep Guardiola side, no defensive midfielder is just a defensive midfielder. The Manchester City faithful are used to long range efforts from the Brazilian but this goal shows he knows a thing or two about when to make the right run and how to finish.

Fernandinho is one of the players who’s improved the most under Pep, and he’s become one of the most complete midfielders in the Premier League.

2 - The £60 million signing of Riyad Mahrez would have been overkill

The sheer swarm of attacking City players when countering and the quality that they each possess show that another attacker in the form of Mahrez is not needed. With Leroy Sané injured and a bottomless pit of money, it was certainly tempting for Pep to go after the Leicester City player, but the reality is that City don’t need him. They have plenty of attackers available and the non-signing of Mahrez may allow youngsters like Bernardo Silva, Lukas Nmecha and others some minutes.

3 - City are on course to be the earliest Premier League champions ever

With City winning and Manchester United losing on Wednesday, the blue side of Manchester are now on course to become the earliest Champions in the Premier League Era. Calculated from the team’s projected points if they maintain similar form, City could win the title with a victory in the next Manchester Derby at the Etihad in early April. That would be fun, right?!