FM17: Manchester City Player Ratings Revealed

Here’s the Mancester City team on Football Manager 2017 with all the player ratings and values revealed and broken down to help you understand your squad.

oliver stein by Oli Stein

It’s the same deal with Manchester City’s squad as with their local rivals United: Guardiola did all the hard work in the market for you. His summer signings, for the most part, have been young and will develop into stars over time, namely Leroy Sane and John Stones. Don’t forget that Gabriel Jesus will be joining your ranks in January. The most work will need to be done in defence. Replacing your fullbacks should be the number one priority as all are over the age of 30 and their best days are behind them. Another centre-back maybe wouldn’t go amiss either.

Manchester City’s starting transfer and wage budgets are as follows:

Transfer budget: £28,900,000

Wage budget: £3,652,505

GOALKEEPERS

Position Player Current Rating Potential Rating Age Nationality Value
Goalkeeper Claudio Bravo 4 4 33 Chile £9.25m
Goalkeeper Willy Caballero 2.5 2.5 34 Argentina £725k

For whatever reason, Claudio Bravo is actually given a four-star current ability rating so he’s worth keeping around as your number one. However, he is 33 and you should look to replace him in the near future. Willy Caballero, furthermore, is 34 and only 2.5 stars. Signing a young back up for the future is important. Caballero won’t attract a big fee, but with City’s budget, it shouldn’t be a problem.

DEFENDERS

Position Player Current Rating Potential Rating Age Nationality Value
Defender John Stones 2.5 4 22 England £28.5m
Defender Bacary Sagna 3 3 33 France £1.8m
Defender Aleksandar Kolarov 2.5 2.5 30 Serbia £8m
Defender Nicolas Otamendi 3.5 3.5 28 Argentina £25m
Defender Vincent Kompany 4 4 30 Belgium £20m
Defender Pablo Zabaleta 3 3 31 Argentina £6.5m
Defender Pablo Maffeo 1.5 3 18 Spain £450k
Defender Gael Clichy 2.5 2.5 30 France £4m

At centre-back, you’ll be able to mount a title challenge playing John Stones, Vincent Kompany or Nicolas Otamendi. Kompany is four-stars, Otamendi 3.5 and Stones can develop into a four-star player with the right guidance. I suggest playing Stones from the beginning to ensure he gets enough game time to develop. The problem is with the fullbacks. None are below the age of 30, except for 18-year-old Maffeo, who should be loaned out, and the best of them is Sagna and Zabaleta with three-star current ability ratings. This should be priority number one in the transfer market. Offload any two of them to build some funds. If you want to play like Guardiola, I suggest searching for defenders with high passing ability and good composure. Look for ball-playing defenders.

MIDFIELDERS

Position Player Current Rating Potential Rating Age Nationality Value
Midfielder Fernando 3 3 28 Brazil £17.25m
Midfielder Fernandinho 3.5 3.5 31 Brazil £9m
Midfielder Yaya Toure 2.5 2.5 33 Ivory Coast £2.5m
Midfielder Ilkay Gundogan 4 4 25 Germany £36m
Midfielder Leroy Sane 3 4 20 Germany £25m
Midfielder Raheem Sterling 2.5 3 21 England £30.5m
Midfielder Fabian Delph 2.5 2.5 26 England £17.75m
Midfielder Jesus Navas 2.5 2.5 30 Spain £8.75m
Midfielder David Silva 4 4 30 Spain £24m
Midfielder Kevin De Bruyne 4 4 25 Belgium £55m
Midfielder Nolito 3.5 3.5 29 Spain £22.5m

City have a world-class midfield and there shouldn’t be much need to change what you start with. All of Gundogan, Sane, Silva and de Bruyne either start or can reach four-star ability and they should be in your team from the beginning. City could do with a better defensive midfielder (Fernandinho is only rated at 3.5 stars) and you could sell Fernando, Navas, Delph and Toure to get the necessary funds, nearing £50million.

STRIKERS

Position Player Current Rating Potential Rating Age Nationality Value
Striker Sergio Aguero 4.5 4.5 28 Argentina £52m
Striker Kelechi Iheanacho 2.5 3.5 19 Nigeria £22m

Aguero is City’s best player at 4.5 stars and there’s no need to change what you have in terms of striker options. Iheanacho also has the ability to develop into a 3.5 star player and make sure you rotate enough to give him adequate game time. If you like to play two strikers, perhaps bring another one in as you only start with two out-and-out strikers in your squad.

Oli Stein

Oli graduated from the University of Bristol with a degree in History and has worked with RealSport since September 2016. Currently assistant football editor and Tottenham correspondent. Follow him on Twitter: @steinoliver_

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