1. James Milner has to be assured of more playing time
James Milner has demanded assurances over more playing time before committing his future to Manchester City, and the club must tie the midfielder to a new deal as soon as possible. The Englishman is often lauded for his admirable energy and tenacity, but Milner's versatility also illustrates his importance to Manuel Pellegrini's squad. In the centre of midfield, the 28-year-old is sold; on the wing, he's positive and skilful; and even at full-back (where he was deployed for a short period of time after Pablo Zabaleta's dismissal), he offers a willingness to both defend and go forward.
Two terrific performances against Bayern Munich and Chelsea this week have thrown Milner firmly into the first team plans of Manuel Pellegrini, and Samir Nasri's slow start to the season could see him become a regular in the starting eleven. Sign him up!
2. Eliaquim Mangala's debut a delicious appetiser for the future
Martin Demichelis's departure from the first team will definitely test the emotional resolve of Manchester City fans, but soon, we'll have to. Eliaquim Mangala was handed his first start for City against Chelsea on Sunday, and his performance presents Manuel Pellegrini with a glittering view of the future. The £32m man was indomitable in the air, composed in possession and his strength ensured Diego Costa could not assert his influence on the game. His partnership with Vincent Kompany was almost impenetrable, and it still has time to flourish.
3. Yaya Touré's presence is still absolutely vital
Yaya Touré's disappointing performance at the Allianz Arena in mid-week summarised the Ivorian's poor start to the season. He looked disinterested, and he offered nothing to the team. However, in his less-favoured defensive role, the 31-year-old offered vital presence and composure to keep Chelsea's fearsome strike-force at bay on Sunday. The midfielder is still one of the most accomplished players in the league, and even when he's not at his best, his vision and power gives City something no other team has.