Vote now for your Etihad Player of the Year
- Mon 16 Apr 2012, 11:36AM
- Posted by Peter Ferguson
The race is well and truly under way both on and off the pitch as the polls open for the Etihad Player of the Year awards for 2012 - and the votes are rolling in.
Who will be crowned Blues' top man at the glittering 3 May awards night? Your votes will decide, and it's sure to be a tight call with so many heroic performances in a memorable campaign.
The competition is so fierce that we've broken with tradition and nominated a shortlist of six instead of five - and even then it doesn't seem enough! Cast your vote here now - the hard part will be making your choice!
And remember - by voting, you could win two Etihad VIP tickets to be there in person as the awards are handed out. So what are you waiting for?
Joe Hart: One of six nominees for the PFA Players' Player of the Year, Hart's magnificent season has established him as one of the best goalkeepers in the world, cemented his place in an England team he is tipped to captain one day, and underpinned City's challenge for honours with consistently high-quality performances, typified by his exceptional saves in the Carling Cup ties against Liverpool.
Vincent Kompany: The skipper's commanding presence at the heart of defence has been a huge influence on City's campaign. Belgium's positionally-astute centre-half has rarely lost a challenge or an aerial duel to emerge as one of the Premier League's outstanding defenders, and it is no coincidence that the team's title wobble came during his absence through injury.
Micah Richards: The powerful right-back's superb form for much of the campaign, both in defence and as one of Roberto Mancini's overlapping raiders, has forced him back into the England reckoning after seasons in the wilderness under Fabio Capello and seen him emerge as a potent element in City's battle to reach the Premier League summit.
David Silva: The gifted Spain midfielder's revelatory form was one of the key factors in City's turbo-charged start to the campaign, and there were games when defenders found him simply unplayable. While unable to sustain that exceptional form after Christmas, he remains a candidate for both Footballer of the Year and the PFA Players' Player of the Year and his creative presence always offers the promise of a goal out of nothing for a team-mate.
Sergio Aguero: Sergio, Sergio! The Argentina striker arrived with a glowing reputation and immediately proceeded to show why he is much admired by Real Madrid among others. Strong and instinctive, two goals on his debut and a hat-trick three weeks later against Wigan set the tone, and his predatory finishing to harvest more than 20 goals has been matched by few others. He's also recently been nominated for the PFA Players' Player of the Year and PFA Young Player of the Year.
Yaya Toure: It is a mark of Yaya's importance to the team that, during his eight-match absence driving Ivory Coast to the Africa Cup of Nations final, City were knocked out of the FA Cup and the Carling Cup as well as suffering only their third League defeat at Everton. The powerhouse goal-scoring midfielder is a match winner, and Africa's Footballer of the Year has no equal in the Premier League, perhaps in the world.