5 Reasons James Milner Must Play a Big Role for Manchester City

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5 Reasons James Milner Must Play a Big Role for Manchester City
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James Milner has become an important cog in the well-oiled Manchester City machine since his move from Aston Villa in August 2010.

And yet, in spite of racking up more than 100 appearances for the Blues since then, there is a sense that the Yorkshireman has never quite been a first-choice player, given some of the stellar talent jostling with him for a place in the team.

That's despite some decent runs in the side, in particular in the first half of the 2011-12 title-winning season that included an outstanding display in the 6-1 win over Manchester United at Old Trafford.

His versatility is an asset, but it can be a hindrance—what's his best position? More of that later.

In the meantime, here are five reasons why James Milner is a big asset for City.

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