Manchester City enjoyed a good campaign in the 2019/20 season. However, that was not the best one. In the upcoming season, Pep Guardiola's side will be looking to achieve more things and for that, they need players to build around.
After David Silva's departure, Phil Foden is the one who will be able to fill the void. He already seems like the oldest 20-year-old in history, so long and loud have been the demands from outside the Etihad for the midfielder to get more minutes for a team that. Scored five goals and added two assists in 892 minutes of Premier League football this season. If he can maintain that kind of record across thrice the minutes then all will be good.
Raheem Sterling is undoubtedly the one who will be a key star in Guardiola's squad. It’s hard to know what the future holds for any of us in but for Sterling it involves an awful lot of arriving at the back post to provide the finishing touch to a slick passing move and being the subject of dreadful tabloid headlines.
Kevin de Bruyne is the best player in the league. Twenty league assists in a season is a daftness, especially when you also chuck 13 goals into the pot.
Rodri hasn’t always got it right in his first season in England. The signs are growing more and more encouraging, though, with his performances during Project Restart notably impressive. City won six of the seven games Rodri started after football’s return, by an aggregate score of 29-2; they lost two of the five he didn’t.
Riyad Mahrez certainly never felt quite so important as he does right now. Even in this City side, reaching double figures for goals (11) and assists (12) in 33 Premier League appearances represents an impressive return.