With "silly season" well and fully under way, it comes time for teams to observe the rosters of other teams to see which players suit their needs. From there, it boils down to money—can they offer enough to the other team to make them sell, and enough to the player to make him sign?
But of course, there's also the fact that they've still got a roster full of players to evaluate. Without evaluating what you already have, there's no way you can know what you really need. Manchester City is no different.
After a season of offensive futility, the club have confirmed the signing of Sevilla winger Jesus Navas and have been linked to top strikers like Edinson Cavani and—more recently—Milan phenom Stephan El Shaarawy. This adds to the midfield reinforcements already signed in the form of Brazilian product Fernandinho.
Making less news is the defensive side of things, where there does seem to be a good bit of stability. Gael Clichy recently signed a new deal, Pablo Zabaleta had an unbelievable season and Matija Nastasic was one of the signings of the season in the Premier League.
This leaves the fourth man in the defense, club captain Vincent Kompany. After a fantastic season in City's title run, he had somewhat of a disappointing year, battling through injury and poor form as City slumped to a distant second-place finish.
However, this should not detract from the fact that the Belgian is still one of the best central defenders in the Premier League. Is he the best? That is what this article will reveal as it studies some of the top stoppers in England's top flight.
It should be noted that this will take into consideration not just the players' performances over this past season, but their entire body of work. This includes players who only have one season of Premier League experience.