David Platt praises Pablo Zabaleta consistency

James Milner congratuates Pablo Zabaleta on his goal against Stoke during their FA Cup fourth round tie on January 26, 2013
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Pablo Zabaleta's consistent performances mean that he is deserving of a place in the PFA Team of the Year, according to Manchester City assistant manager David Platt.

Manchester City assistant manager David Platt has insisted that Pablo Zabaleta is the Premier League's best right-back.

The Argentine was the only City representative in the PFA Team of the Year, named on Monday evening, which included four members from their cross-city rivals and newly-crowned champions Manchester United.

Despite the riches at Roberto Mancini's disposal, Platt has claimed that the Citizens would not swap the 28-year-old for any right-back in the country.

"There hasn't been a better right-back this season," said Platt. "You can't have 11 masterchefs.

"All sorts of things go into producing a performance and Pablo's reliability to produce very high level performances is a welcome thing.

Zabaleta has made 39 appearances for City in all competitions this season, scoring three goals.

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