Captain: Vincent Kompany
Vice Captain: Yaya Toure
Media Prediction: 2nd
Title Odds: 5-2
Barclays Premier League: Win The Premier Division
UEFA Champions League: Reach Quarter Final
FA Cup: Reach Final
Capital One Cup: Not Important
The ever-present Joe Hart remains the first choice goalkeeper for both club and country, a role he is expected to fill for many years to come.
Willy Caballero is a more than capable back up but with Manchester City struggling for home grown players in their senior squad, replacing him with a home grown player would get them closer to meeting the requirements.
Richard Wright provides additional cover but at 37 years of age he will need to be replaced in the not too distant future.
At the heart of the Manchester City defence is captain Vincent Kompany, who since his arrival from Hamburg in 2008 has developed into one of the best centre backs in the world. Joining him this season is the Argentinian Nicolas Otamendi who will bolster the defensive forces of the club this season.
Eliaquim Mangala, who is a strong physical presence at the back, will need to develop the other aspects of his game as he develops in order to become a world class defender. Martin Demichelis will provide cover throughout the season but at 34 he is nearing the end of his career.
Fan favourite Pablo Zabaleta is one of the first picked for Manchester City with the Argentinian establishing himself as one of the best fullbacks in the world. Providing cover at right back is the former Arsenal player Bacary Sagna.
On the left side we see players of fairly equal ability in Gael Clichy and Aleksander Kolarov. Clichy possesses greater pace and acceleration in the position whereas Kolarov can put quality crosses into the box and provide an attacking threat from left back. It will be interesting to see which way Manuel Pellegrini goes in regards to this position.
The middle of the pitch has been the greatest strength in the recent history of Manchester City, something that the club is clearly looking to maintain with some new additions coming in during the latest transfer window.
Yaya Toure is the main player in the central midfield, a player who is next to unstoppable on his day. Supporting him is the hard working Fernandinho who has proven himself the most consistent player at the club over the past two seasons. Providing cover in the midfield Is the Brazilian Fernando and the recently acquired Fabian Delph who is arriving after putting in some quality performances for Aston Villa.
One of the most notable qualities the Manchester City squad has it their wingers and attacking midfielders have the ability to play in all three positions. The highest rated English prospect Raheem Sterling joins the club from Liverpool, the right winger joining after a lot of drama regarding his transfer in the off season. Backing him up is Jesus Navas who doesn’t offer the versatility that his counterparts do but his blinding pace and acceleration can provide a great impact. A third right winger is in the Manchester City squad in the 18-year-old Patrick Roberts who appears to have great potential after joining the club from Fulham.
On the left wing, the recently signed Kevin De Bruyne has the ability to provide his teammates with goal scoring opportunities, which is sure to increase the strength of the Manchester City side this season. His signing has seen Samir Nasri fall back in the pecking order at the club, although Nasri is still expected to feature heavily this season.
David Silva, who created 91 chances last season will be once again be the club’s attacking midfielder. Heading into his sixth season, he continues to be rated highly with Manchester City legend Colin Bell even proclaiming him to be the best player to ever to play for the club.
Despite concerns about his durability, Sergio Aguero remains one of the top ten players in the world. After his most impressive year in the Premier League last season, Aguero will be hoping to stay healthy and take his game to an even higher level.
If Aguero is not able to stay on the field, a lot of pressure will be placed on Wilfred Bony. After a poor start, Bony will need to recapture the form he had during his time at Swansea City in order to not only see Manchester City succeed but also in order to stay in Manchester himself.
The third striker in the squad is 18-year-old Nigerian Kelechi Iheanacho who is yet to make his Premier League debut. His promotion to the senior squad has seen many critics question the depth of players up front heading into the season.
Apart from Patrick Roberts and Kelechi Iheanacho who have been thrusted into the senior squad due to squad registration rules and the highly valued Raheem Sterling, there are only a few prospects at Manchester City worth noting.
Scouts believe Norwegian keeper Christian Kjetil Haug will be the player to take the place of Joe Hart once he retires with Joe Hart himself tutoring the 16-year-old.
Manchester City has two centre back prospects worth noting. Belgian Jason Denayer was expected by fans to be in the senior squad this season before going on loan to Galatasaray. Cameron Humphreys will spend time developing with the academy team while being tutored by Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany. 18-year-old Nigerian right back Chidiebere Nwakali is currently on loan at Girona in LIGA Adelante with scouts believing he will develop into a similar player to current Manchester City player Bacary Sagna.
Spanish attacking midfielder Brahim Diaz is the best prospect in the club with scouts predicting he has the ability to develop into a world class player, he is currently being tutored by fellow Spanish attacking midfielder David Silva. 18-year-old right winger Oliver Ntcham who is on loan at Genoa for the season looks to have potential but will face an uphill battle making the senior squad with Raheem Sterling and Patrick Roberts rated ahead of him.
The biggest weakness in the Manchester City elite development squad and academy is a lack of strikers. The lack of depth in this position in all three squads is an issue that the club must look to address.