Vincent Kompany still has a future at Manchester City
Things change when Vincent Kompany is around. Our defence suddenly appears organised, we become a threat from corners. The Man of the Match in this beautifully efficient 3-0 win over Southampton was at the centre of all that was good about the performance, scoring the first goal, giving Jesús Navas license to parade down the right wing, providing those arrowed passes to the flanks that Guardiola loves so much and making Claudio Bravo finally feel comfortable between Manchester City’s goalposts. If the Belgian had not had such a rough time with injury this season, there’s no doubt he’d be among the nominees for the PFA Player of the Season award.
The ladies may dream about sharing their beds with Leroy but given the choice the majority of City fans, women and men, would rather a candle-lit dinner for two with Vinny, reminiscing about that header in April 2012 and asking him how Carla and the kids are. Kompany feels like a family member – it’s difficult to say the same about any other player in the squad. The emotion in his celebration today was enough to bring tears to the eyes of the supporters. It was clear how much the goal meant to him after the crap he’s been through in the last few years.
Kompany’s injury history makes for grim reading and Pep Guardiola will find it difficult to justify drafting a player who has already missed 22 games this season into his plans for next term, but if the Belgian can somehow stay fit from now until the end of the campaign, he has to be given another chance.
Why on earth would we sell Sergio Agüero?
Make no mistake about it, Sergio Agüero has had it rough under Pep Guardiola. And rightly so – for too long now the Argentine has coasted, waiting for the ball to arrive at his feet rather than seeking it out himself. Guardiola was quick to put a boot up the striker’s back side and I doubt Sergio has ever experienced pressure like this before.
His response has been brilliant. And for those who aren’t satisfied with a return of 12 goals in 15 starts since Gabriel Jesus was ruled out of action, I’d ask whether they set their standards as high for other players in the squad. The laid-back attitude some supporters are showing towards the possibility of our the third highest top goalscorer, the man who scored THAT goal against QPR in 2012, and the guy who has put on an exceptional display of determination to up his work rate, combine with his wingers and score five goals in his last five games for us being sold this summer completely and utterly baffles me.
We are in absolutely no position to be selling our best strikers and doing so would represent horrific business. This is only my opinion of course, but be careful what you wish for!
That should be top 4 done and dusted
Having claimed only one win in our last four league games before this afternoon it was crucial that we picked up the three points today. And if we show the same class that we did against Southampton in our remaining fixtures then there’s no reason why we can’t get maximum points from our last six games (bar another Kompany injury…).
Four of those six games are at home against teams we should be beating. We should be putting United away, and while Crystal Palace, Leicester City and West Brom are all having strong ends to the season, we should have enough to beat them on home turf, too. Trips to Middlesbrough and Watford are definitely winnable.
United have two games in hand and even maximum points from those two games would leave them one point behind us. My expertise tells me that they have no chance of beating Chelsea tomorrow and the away fixture at Burnley screams an utterly unwatchable draw. A loss at St. Mary’s today would’ve put doubt in my mind but, touch wood, I reckon we’re safe.