On a team as deep and talented as Manchester City, standing out and earning regular playing time means consistently performing at an extremely high level. On Sunday, Samir Nasri did just that, notching a brace in Manchester City's 3-0 win over Swansea City.
Nasri has now scored three goals in his last two games for the Citizens as he also added his name to the scoresheet against Viktoria Plzen in Champions League play last week.
His first goal came off a nice run as Yaya Toure played him through the defense. Nasri made a quick cut past defender Ashley Williams and calmly ripped Manchester City's second goal into the net.
His second was equally pretty. Pablo Zabaleta made a run up the right flank and cut the ball back for a wide-open Nasri in the box, who promptly passed the ball into the corner of the net. It was a clinic in precision from both players and gave City an impenetrable three-goal advantage.
Nasri was quite active in this game and could have easily scored a hat-trick if he didn't push a late opportunity just wide of the post. He also nearly earned several assists with some quality service into the box. WhoScored.com named him the Man of the Match and gave him a 9.3 match rating.
According to WhoScored.com, he completed 89 percent of his passes, took three shots and won four dribbles of the ball. Only Yaya Toure (8.3) and Gael Clichy (8.1) came anywhere close to his massive rating in this contest.
For the season, WhoScored.com has given Nasri an impressive 7.25 match rating in his 18 appearances in Premier League and Champions League play. His five goals and six assists in those competitions are both stellar marks, as is his 90.3 pass completion percentage.
With players like David Silva and Jesus Navas also available to play attacking roles out wide in City's 4-2-2-2 system, maintaining a regular role in the first team is no small feat. At least this week, Nasri has proven with aplomb why he's worthy of remaining a consistent fixture in the starting lineup.