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Before the season got underway, the idea that City had the strongest squad in the Premier League was pervasive throughout the media.
It's arguably true given no side in the league has a complete squad; however, the level to which City's options were lauded now seems somewhat overdone.
They rely heavily on a core of world-class players—Pablo Zabaleta, Vincent Kompany, Fernandinho, Yaya Toure, David Silva, Samir Nasri and Sergio Aguero—and when one or more is missing, City can often appear vulnerable.
For a side intent on dominating domestically and becoming one of Europe's elite, further squad strength is needed.
Take central midfield as a case in point. Fernandinho and Toure have formed the finest pairing in the league, yet beyond them City's options are somewhat limited, with Javi Garcia their only real replacement given the injury troubles of Jack Rodwell.
Garcia has improved immeasurably and has become an important player when City look to keep things tighter, but he lacks pace and speed of thought, with City in need of better as their first reserve.
Extra quality is needed to augment their group of stars if they are to push on and better cope with the rigours of four competitions, and with a number of departures in the summer, the need may well be increased.