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Pep Guardiola failed to taste any kind of success last season, as he went trophyless for the first time in his career as a manager. The Spanish gaffer is now looking to make sure that it does not happen again next season and has already turned the squad at the club into one of the strongest in the league.
The likes of Bernardo Silva, Kyle Walker, Ederson and Benjamin Mendy are all expected to play in the first team next season, improving the overall quality and depth in the squad, and will put Manchester City in a great position to fight for silverware next season. But who are their most important players? Here are three players in the current Manchester City squad, that are expected to have a stellar 2017-18 campaign:
The former Bundesliga midfielder was one of the best players for Manchester City last season but he picked up a devastating injury, that cut short his season. At 26, he still has room to improve and though he might take more time to get back into the first team, he is the kind of player who will have an instant impact and with the lack of world class options in the midfield for Pep, Gundogan might be the creator in chief from a deeper role, which is bound to get the best out of him next season.
The Belgian defensive beast failed to keep himself fit yet again last season and was constantly on the sidelines. He made a comeback from injury late last season and cemented a place in the first team, showing what he is capable of, against the best teams in the country. If fit, he is the first choice centre back for Manchester City and in a system that does not put too much stress on any player, Kompany might finally be able to keep himself fit for most of the season, which will surely get the best out of the Manchester City captain.
The French sensation made a £52m move to Manchester City recently and is expected to be the first choice left-back for Pep Guardiola. He is still 22 and is learning the game, but under the Spaniard, he will be given the freedom to express himself, which could turn him into a beast. He is tailor-made for Pep’s style of play and will be given enough time to adjust to the challenges in England, helping him realise his potential to the fullest in just his first season in the country.