Man City should keep hold of Vincent Kompany at all costs and here’s why
According to a report in Sky Sports, Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has revealed that a decision has to be made on whether club captain Vincent Kompany will stay here in the future or not.
The Belgian is out of contract at the end of this season and while his defensive qualities and leadership are of the highest level, fitness issues are the primary concern.
The 32-year-old has had injury problems in the last few seasons. He has only featured in 14 games this season and is currently sidelined with a muscular issue.
However, here’s why the Cityzens should keep hold of him if they are to become one of the big boys in European football:
Kompany’s leadership and connection to history would be crucial
Vincent Kompany joined Manchester City in 2008 before the investment arrived at the Etihad Stadium. Hence, he is the only man in this squad who has seen this team transit from being mediocre pushovers to one of the big boys in England and the European circuit.
He has been the club captain for many a year now and knows what it takes to aid this team in whatever way he can. The Belgian possesses natural leadership qualities, along with his old school defensive propensities that would be helpful to the team whenever he plays.
Let us take an instance of City playing Liverpool on the 3rd of January, and Guardiola started Kompany in central defence. It is because the manager knows that experience matters when it comes to the big games.
Hence, even though his fitness is an issue, the Belgian should be kept in the squad. The best solution would be to keep him as a player-mentor. That would help the manager to use the player effectively.
City have enough budget to keep the 32-year-old and buy another centre-back who can challenge Aymeric Laporte and John Stones place in the team.
If Manchester City are to become one of the giants of European football, they need one player who is connected to their recent history, the one who can drive the team forward in difficult circumstances and make them the superpower of club football. Kompany is that man.
Guardiola is an experienced manager who has won plenty in his managerial career. He should take the right decision regarding the Belgian.