Vincent has been a fantastic servant and captain for Manchester City since he signed from Hamburger SV in 2008 for £6million, nobody is denying his sheer talent, undying loyalty and passion for the club. However, maybe it is time for the Belgian to depart, leaving as a celebrated hero rather than damaging his reputation by becoming merely an injury prone player.
His constant absences are damaging the consistency and chemistry of the back four. Pep Guardiola will likely have already recognised this. How can you possibly build a well-organised defence when your main centre-back is constantly injured? The main, pivotal function of any side is the centre-half partnership, Guardiola cannot create a winning pair when they rarely play together for extended periods of time.
Perhaps, Pep will choose to implement Jason Denayer into his project as he has already shown a plethora of potential during his loan spells at Cetlic and Galatasaray. A comfortable, alluring based partnership must be moulded to form a formidable, consistently well-performing back line. With 34 injuries or so in 8 seasons, much of the time Kompany’s injuries are a recurring problem. Guardiola will have to decide whether to he wants to include Kompany in his planning for the future.
He would not leave in vain albeit, Kompany would be celebrated like the club legend he is having accumulated 2 Premier League titles, an FA Cup, 2 League Cups and a Community Shield. He was a vital part of City’s renaissance, if his injuries are going to remain strenuous maybe he should take up a coaching role instead, residing still in his beloved Manchester, it is certainly an option.
Rumours are becoming stronger that Aymeric Laporte will become the first signing under the Pep regime and conceivably, that is an acknowledgment of Kompany’s lack of durability in the future squad. City will not just be losing a World Class centre-back though; they will be losing their leader, somebody must take up the mantle and lead them forward, someone who can persistently display passionate tendencies.
Guardiola has a decision to make regarding the future of the club’s captain, if Kompany’s recurring injuries do not desist he may reach the verdict himself before his new manager gets the chance.