5 underrated Manchester City players this season
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If Francisco Goya lived 200 years later, he wouldn't have been a Manchester City fan, nor even a Barcelona follower. The Spanish romantic painter was Aragonian and more likely to sport a Zaragoza kit. Regardless, the five players featured here could have been models for his famous painting, the Water Carrier.
Manchester City are mounting a convincing title challenge following their centurion campaign in 2017/18. They aren't running away and hiding like last term. City top the league table with a one-point advantage over Liverpool. The EFL Cup is already in the bank following a dramatic 120 minutes plus penalties and Pep Guardiola's crew remain alive in the FA Cup and Champions League.
Aside from Kevin de Bruyne's injury, the usual suspects perform the heavy lifting. Sergio Aguero. Raheem Sterling. Fernandinho. Ederson. Kyle Walker. John Stones. Aymeric Laporte. Leroy Sane. The twins, David and Bernardo Silva. But fighting on four fronts requires strong support. Here are five backup players whose contributions are underrated but critical nevertheless.