Although we are still in the relatively early throws of the 2013/14 campaign, the Premier League table appears as if it is finally starting to take shape.
While it is perhaps still too soon to make wild predictions as to how the title race will finish, we are beginning to get a clear picture of who will be challenging at the very summit and who will be fighting for their lives as the season progresses.
What has become crystal clear in recent weeks, however, is just how important certain stars have become to their respective teams.
While success in the fast and furious world of modern football is traditionally a team effort, there are unquestionably individuals whose talent simply demands that they are more expendable than others.
Here, with 10 top-flight games already in the books, GMS pinpoints the Premier League's five most important and indispensable stars.
Please feel free to leave your thoughts on our selections. How important do you think these players are to their respective teams?
Perhaps you feel that there are other stars more deserving of a place on this list?
Click through to see our choices...