As Manchester City's season begins to grind towards its conclusion, it's an appropriate time to reflect on what has transpired thus far. An arduous campaign has the Blues in the semifinals of the FA Cup but on the verge of surrendering the Premier League title to Manchester United.
Personnel-wise, there have been plenty of ups and downs. Mario Balotelli went from hero to zero in almost no time, being shipped back to Milan in January. Summer signings Jack Rodwell and Scott Sinclair have failed to make an impact while Matija Nastasic has been a revelation of sorts.
More importantly, other players made bigger roles for themselves in this campaign compared to last. Their play over the course of the season has greatly helped City remain competitive domestically despite their European failings.
What follows is a spotlight on a few of these players.