Swansea City 1-3 Manchester City: Swans’ player ratings in disappointing defeat

How did the home side fare in the defeat to Manchester City?

Swansea City 1-3 Manchester City: Swans’ player ratings in disappointing defeat
Raheem Sterling scoring the game's final goal. (Photo: Getty/Michael Steele)

Manchester City took the lead through talisman Sergio Aguero, who went round both centre-backs with ease before firing past Lukasz Fabianski.

Fernando Llorente opened his Swansea City account after a stunning half volley flew past Claudio Bravo in net after Bacary Sagna slipped in the build-up.

Aguero doubled his and Manchester City’s tally from the penalty spot, after Mike van der Hoorn foolishly flailed his arm at Kevin De Bruyne’s face in the box.

Raheem Sterling added Manchester City’’s third, on the counter after Swansea committed too many men forward. He put Kyle Naughton on skates before finishing well past Lukasz Fabianski.

Defence lacking

Lukasz Fabianski – 6/10

Wasn’t really to blame for any of the goals, and had a solid game really. Made a few memorable saves, most notably against Fernandinho late on and a deflected strike in the first half.

Angel Rangel – 6/10

Wasn’t really involved going forward, and struggled to deal with Sterling and David Silva when they bombed forward.

Mike van der Hoorn – 6/10

He gave away an incredibly silly penalty, throwing his arm at De Bruyne’s face in the box. It’s difficult to make the step up from the Eredivisie to the Premier League, and it’s even tougher when van der Hoorn has to do so, making his debut against the wealth of attacking talent that Manchester City have to offer. He looked out of depth, but it’s difficult to put the blame on the Dutchman for that. He does however look good in the air, which can only be good news to Swansea’s set-piece woes.

Jordi Amat – 5/10

Was very easily spun by Aguero for the game’s opening goal. He hasn’t really pushed on since he was made a starter and it wouldn’t shock many if he was reduced back to a bench player when Federico Fernandez is fit again.

Kyle Naughton – 6/10

The decision to play Kyle Naughton at left-back was a very odd one, and it didn’t really pay off. He looks more comfortable on the other flank. Naughton can play on the left but it’s not worth sacrificing his game in order to play Angel Rangel.

Midfield lacking shape

Jack Cork – 5/10

Jack Cork doesn’t seem to know what his role in the team is. He looks unsure whether to sit alongside Leon Britton, or press further up the field with Leroy Fer. Perhaps that’s more of a coaching issue than the player’s fault, but it doesn’t look good at all.

Leon Britton – 6/10

It was a bit surprising to see Swansea’s metronome start today after completing 90 minutes midweek, but it’s a staple of how much the club still needs his calming influence. He looked very tired in the second half and it’s surprising he wasn’t replaced sooner.

Leroy Fer – 6/10

The Dutchman wasn’t too involved today. He didn’t struggle, and did the defensive side of the game quite well but he just looked like he ran out of steam early on and wasn’t making late runs forward that fans have become accustomed to.

Forwards doing much better

Gylfi Sigurdsson – 7/10

The Icelandic international finally looks match-fit and despite being played out on the flank, put in a performance Swansea fans have come to expect from their main man.

Llorente opened his account for the Swans this afternoon, but couldn't prevent them falling to a 3-1 defeat / Sky Sports
Llorente opened his account for the Swans this afternoon, but couldn't prevent them falling to a 3-1 defeat / Sky Sports

Fernando Llorente – 8/10

The Spanish striker took his goal extremely well, and showed a side to his game that Swansea fans haven’t seen yet. This was by far the striker’s best game as a Swansea player, and it’s no coincidence that it occured just as record signing Borja Baston regains his fitness.

Wayne Routledge – 5/10

The winger was absent once again. Wayne Routledge starting for Swansea in 2016 is baffling. It simply does not make sense anymore. He didn’t hold the ball up, beat players or link with his teammates. Surely Modou Barrow is a better option from the start.

Subs

Modou Barrow – 7/10

Brought on for Routledge with 20 minutes to go. Looked very lively and created a few chances, he probably should have started the game.

Ki Sung-Yeung – 6/10

Replaced Cork at the same time as Barrow. Didn’t really have much of an effect on the game.

Borja Baston– 6/10

Replaced Britton once the Swans were already 3-1 down. The striker put himself about well and looked energetic but he came on too late to make a significant impact.