Manchester City’s Dutch defender Nathan Ake is quietly become one of the premier defenders in European football. Ake scored City’s late winner in their 1-nil FA Cup fourth round victory over Tottenham. While the goal was crucial and will get the headlines the form of Ake at the back has made him one of the premier defenders in the game.
While the plaudits and headlines go to other Manchester City players Nathan Ake has quietly set about becoming a crucial piece of Pep Guardiola’s side. His calming influence at the back is vital to the world champions. Ake’s mere presence in defence looks to immediately settle the entire Manchester City side. The Dutch defender rarely puts a foot wrong and when called upon defensively he quickly snuffs out any danger. It’s these ingredients that have seen Ake become one of the best defenders in world football.
Ake has been crucial in Manchester City’s return to winning ways of late. Across City’s 7 game winning run in all competitions the Dutch international has been one of Pep Guardiola’s sides most consistent performers. He rarely lets his team down and goes about his job with minimal fuss. He is now one of the premier defenders in the game.
Nathan Ake now sits comfortably alongside any defender as one of the best in Europe. If his strong form continues over the remainder of the season he will soon get the recognition his consistency warrants.
When Manchester City need someone to stand up and be counted it’s their Dutch defender who invariably is there for his team. This season has seen Ake take his game to another level and Manchester City are reaping the benefits.