Manchester City's roster composition proves true the tenet that the best teams are strong through the middle.
Baseball teams rarely succeed without great pitching, strong infield defense at shortstop and second base and a center fielder capable of running down anything hit in his general direction.
American football teams generally go nowhere fast without very good-to-great quarterback play and control of the line of scrimmage in the center of the field on both sides of the ball.
So it goes with football in the Premier League. Certainly it is nice to have speed on the edges and players who can whip precise corner kicks and crosses into the box—but without great players in the middle to convert them, it all goes for nothing.
Here, then, are Manchester City's five most crucial players for this season. Their positions will come as no surprise to you after reading this introduction.