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The rise & rise of Manchester City’s Vincent Kompany

Manchester City’s Vincent Kompany has come a long way since the club signed him as a fresh faced 22 year old from Hamburger SV in 2008. Relatively unknown when he came to the premier league before City’s takeover, he is now one of the best center backs in the world, cementing himself as captain for not only his club side, but national side too.

Kompany embodies the revolution at the club, he has gone from strength to strength each season, so much so that last year was named in the PFA Team of The Year, and was the players  and fans player of the year at Manchester City. He is solid, strong and defends firmly but fairly, making him one of the most highly regarded defenders in the world at present. He could easily be regarded as Citys talisman, in the four games he was out with a hamstring injury they picked up just one point from a possible 12.  His fantastic leadership skills will be needed in the title run in, as City now have it all to do if they stand any hope of winning the title.

I have no doubt that Kompany will lead the line with professionalism and level headedness as always over these last few games. If any man is the one to rally the team, he is the one.   Not only is he a fantastic footballer technically, but his intelligence is undeniable, and it is a reassurance to know that he rarely misplaces a pass or misses a tackle or header. It is safe to say that his bloom has occurred mostly under Roberto Mancini’s reign, and as a manager that is known for bringing the best out of players this is hardly surprising. Being a lifelong Manchester City fan myself it is reassuring to know our Captain has been with the club since before the takeover. Lifting that trophy would mean the world to him,  and I still believe he will do it at the end of the season.

In a recent interview after Citys draw with Sunderland, Vincent claimed nerves were not a factor in the loss of ground in the title race, and I believe him. Sometimes luck is just not on your side, and fatigue plays a massive part too. However I think the main reason for the loss of ground were the games before the pivotal Sunderland one, where they were without him. Being as modest a man as he is, he would never admit this, but without him, we lack something. That something is leadership and solidness, and with only a few games left I’m a lot more comfortable knowing he’s going to be on the pitch and back to his best.

Fate is no longer on Citys side, but with a bit of luck and the man mountain that is Kompany guiding us, maybe we can pull it out of the bag and really annoy our neighbours in the best way possible.

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