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Aleksandar Kolarov: The Man with the Mercurial Left Foot Impresses for City

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 06:  Aleksandar Kolarov of Manchester City in action during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester City and Sunderland at the Etihad Stadium on October 6, 2012 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
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Ieuan BeynonCorrespondent IIIOctober 12, 2012

Aleksandar Kolarov is just starting his third season as a Manchester City player, though this one promises to be the best one yet in a blue shirt.

The Serbian international, 26, struggled to adapt to the pace of the game in his first couple of seasons in English football.

Kolarov is a ball-playing defender and relies on his ability on the ball to get him out of trouble, rather than relying on his pace or other defensive abilities.

Defensively he is not the greatest, especially when dealing with players who run directly at him.

What he is very good at though is the attacking side of the game. He has one of the best left feet in world football—a sort of left foot that could open a tin of beans!

He has started the season in very good form, playing in the majority of City’s games and making a real impact.

He has scored goals against both Real Madrid and Sunderland. Making good use of his aforementioned foot and burying two free-kicks. Not to mention another great effort against Aston Villa in the Carling Cup.

It may be the slight change in position in some games that has seen Kolarov produce some excellent displays, with Roberto Mancini pushing him further forward into midfield where he can be put to better use.

Last weekend’s victory against Sunderland was a particularly impressive display. He scored the free-kick for the first goal, set up Sergio Aguero for the second and won the free-kick that James Milner converted for the third.

His crossing and passing ability are second-to-none and he doesn’t look so exposed as he has done in previous seasons.

He will never have pace, and he has limitations going forward. But when you have a left foot as good as the one he possesses, then it makes up for his weaknesses.

Mancini seems to trust Kolarov, and even though he starts Gael Clichy in the big games, Kolarov will always make an appearance to try and create something with a cross, or come up with a set piece.

The forwards must love playing with Kolarov and their eyes must light up when he puts in one of his scintillating crosses.

So what now for the Serbian?

Well, it seems he will be seeing increased game time this term, and with more time he will only get better.

He seems settled in Manchester with the likes of Edin Dzeko on the team, so Aleksandar Kolarov and his mercurial left foot are here to stay.

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