Premier League holders Manchester City have, on Monday, unveiled the final shortlist for the club’s Player of the Season award.
And, altogether unsurprisingly, it is three attack-minded members of Pep Guardiola’s squad who get the nod.
The trio of Sky Blues stars in with a shot of bagging the accolade? Kevin De Bruyne, Riyad Mahrez and Bernardo Silva.
City made the news official across the club’s social media platforms a short time ago, accompanied by confirmation that the votes, cast in their ‘thousands’, came by way of the club’s supporters.
The shortlist for our @etihad Player of the Season award has been revealed! 🙌
⬇️ VOTE NOW ⬇️
— Manchester City (@ManCity) May 16, 2022
Swiftly following their side’s announcement, though, has come something of a backlash on the part of large sections of the Man City faithful.
This comes amid the widespread agreement that one key protagonist across the club’s campaign to date – in the form of Rodri – was fully deserving of a place on the podium.
Many also appear to be of the opinion that the Spaniard’s inclusion should have come at the expense of Riyad Mahrez, with just some of the backlash from across Twitter showcased below:
Rodri should be here ngl
— ¹⁰ (@SxrgioSZN) May 16, 2022
Rodri should be top 3 minimum
— ⚡️🇧🇼 (@Priceless_Silva) May 16, 2022
mahrez over rodri LOOOOOOOOOL
— JD ☯️ (@JDGrphcs) May 16, 2022
Rodri best CDM in the country, consistently good from game 1 till today, even in our bad games and not in Top 3 😭
— Akio Fernandes (@BlueWolf_09) May 16, 2022
Rodri doesn’t even get credit from the club 😭
— Ben🌅 (@mcfcben__) May 16, 2022
Remove Mahrez and Put Rodri please
— d4Dozzie (@MAD_Dozzie) May 16, 2022
Rodri should have made top 3
— Nwanneka OmecheMcfc (@nwanneka_omeche) May 16, 2022
Not voting Rodri robbed
— Ayyoub 🇧🇩 (@Ayyoub172) May 16, 2022
Rodri Hernandez robbed. They don’t appreciate the defensive midfielder in this game 😔 pic.twitter.com/SItvmvuNhy
— Sam (@SamH9889) May 16, 2022
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This article was edited by Ben Browning.