A player who slightly differs from a number of other names on this list due to the fact that he, at 27, is only just approaching his prime, Kompany is one of the most crucial figures for Manchester City.
Although Manuel Pellegrini's side have generally blown away all opponents before them in recent months, they endured a notable wobble away from the comforts of the Etihad Stadium during the early stages of the season - a run of form that coincided with Kompany's absence through injury.
The big Belgian is a truly dominant figure at the heart of Manchester City's defence and remains integral to their hopes of reclaiming their Premier League crown.
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