As Manchester City prepares to defend its Premier League title and launch a renewed effort in Europe, there are five indispensable players for the club.
After spending millions of dollars bringing in players during the last few seasons, Manchester City finally got their reward by winning the title and beating out rivals Manchester United in the process.
None of the players on this list came through Manchester City's youth setup, although one cost significantly less than the others, but they are all key members of team.
Here are Manchester City's five most indispensable players.
Joe Hart has developed into one of the world's best goalkeepers during his time at the club.
He spent a few seasons on loan to hone his skill but fully replaced Shay Given, one of the Premier League's best goalkeepers, in 2010/11 and hasn't looked back.
His presence was extremely positive for the club last year as he recorded the most clean sheets, 17, while being part of the stingiest defense in the league.
Any top team needs a quality goalkeeper and Manchester City has that in Joe Hart.
Vincent Kompany is coming off a fine season for Manchester City and has really cemented himself as the leader of the club. He scored three goals, none more important as that winner against Manchester United late in the season, and did his job in defense as well.
He is the club's best defender by far and possibly the best in the Premier League.
His mixture of pace, composure, positioning and strength will be needed even more this season as the team is apparently looking to play a three man defense on various occasions this season, just as they did in the Community Shield.
Yaya Toure was a key component of Manchester City's midfield last season. His powerful running coupled with his skill on the ball ensured that he provided some vital goals and assists for the club's run to the Premier League title.
Toure ended up with nine goals and nine goals in all competitions. His ability to play in multiple roles in the center of midfield make him an extremely valuable asset.
His previous championship-winning experiences are major reasons why he has been so influential in leading Manchester City to their own titles.
Many teams would love to have a player like David Silva on their side and the reasons why are obvious.
In two seasons Silva established himself as one of the premier playmakers in the EPL. He led the league in assists last season, with 15, and was still the primary playmaker despite the introduction of Samir Nasri.
Players like Mario Balotelli and Edin Dzeko are certainly capable of making their own scoring chances, but things are much easier when David Silva is providing them with opportunities.
Silva is the type of player teams can build around and they can rely on him to break down the toughest of opponents when necessary. Like his fellow midfielder on this list, Silva has plenty of championship experience, mostly on the international stage, and will be a major factor in the side's continued success.
Sergio Aguero produced some match-winning performances and goals for Manchester City in his debut season, none more notable than his goal against QPR that won the title.
It's not just goal scoring that Aguero has in his arsenal though. Aguero has the vision and ability to create as well as he racked up eight Premier League assists.
World-class forwards with Aguero's skill are hard to come by and Manchester City has one of the best forwards in the game in their No. 16.
The Argentinean forward is only 24 and will be a major part of this team for years to come.