After several successful years in England filing out for Manchester City, Vincent Kompany chose to leave the club when the ovation was loudest. It’s a smart move by the Belgian who saw his time on the pitch get continuously reduced due mainly to recurring injuries. Despite having brought in two young center backs in John Stones and Aymeric Laporte that played very well when paired at the heart of defence, Pep Guardiola still had to rely on Kompany (when fit) for key games.
Captain fantastic delivered for the most part. He played a significant role in helping the team make a clean sweep of all silverware available to clubs in the English top flight. His thunderbolt of a goal against Leicester is the stuff of legends. But having called time on his career at the City, there is now the need to reinforce the squad in the position especially given the fact that Nicolas Otamendi could also be on his way out of the club this summer.
One of the reasons the team has been able to achieve such dominance and success is the depth in the squad. As Guardiola has said, fighting on all fronts demands a deep squad. And that is why making a top notch addition to the team in defence at this point is hugely important. Reports in the media have linked Leicester City’s Harry Maguire to City as a potential summer signing. The 27-year-old has been a key player for the 2016 Premier League champions since joining from Hull City.
He was heavily linked with Manchester United last summer as then manager Jose Mourinho sought to strengthen the team. But the Red Devils failed to complete the deal. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is also reported to be interested in the player, but the England international is still available for the taking as there has been no offer on Leicester’s table.
Maguire has proven to be a capable defender able to contribute to the team at both ends of the pitch. He is solid at the back and and constantly poses a threat to the opposition goal during set pieces. He can also carry the ball well helping the team transition from defence to attack. These qualities have endeared him to the national team manager who prefers to partner him with Stones for the Three Lions as was the case at the World Cup.
The fact that the Leicester man is the first choice in his position for the national team speaks volumes about his quality. Adding him to the squad will also fill the English quota as Fabian Delph could also leave this summer.
However, it was reported last term that in the game against Leicester, Guardiola had instructed Kevin De Bruyne during the half time break to target Maguire with runs as he was not fast. De Bruyne later scored in the game while carrying out the manager’s instructions. That suggests that the Englishman may not be suitable to play the Catalan manager’s style.
That can easily be neutralised when one considers the fact that Kompany who is certainly not faster than Maguire now was often picked ahead of the young more vibrant Stones. That is not to say that the former Hull City player can fill in perfectly for the City legend as he simply hasn’t got the experience. Yet, he will make a very good addition to the team.