Gary Neville believes that Manchester City have become over-reliant on PFA Player of the Year Kevin de Bruyne.
The Belgian missed a penalty in Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Liverpool that leaves City mired in mid-table.
De Bruyne’s performance left him being described as ‘overrated’ by some fans.
City are unbeaten in nine games in all competitions but a series of draws has left them in tenth place, though they do have a game in hand on many of their rivals.
“You wonder if it’s just as simple as not having Aguero? It can’t be that simple. Something’s not the same,” said Gary Neville on his podcast.
“Both sides are a little bit weaker than they were two years ago, which makes the league more interesting. We’re seeing Leicester and Saints and Spurs top of the league, which we like.
“There certainly is a slight cause for concern for City. They’re less precise in their attacks, and it feels they rely more heavily on one player in Kevin De Bruyne than they did a few years ago, and if he’s not on song, they don’t really create nearly as much.
“David Silva is obviously a huge miss, we knew he was a brilliant player, and almost at times the glue to keep everything together, the flow in the game. So it’s a changing team, and certainly they’re different.
“They’re not as good defensively, or as precise in attack, but they’re still a brilliant team. Now we’re just seeing a little bit of a drop off from that.”