It seems almost a silly question to ask, but asked it was. If Manchester City are to win the Premier League once more, will Captain Vincent Kompany do the honors and lift the trophy, for whichever competition City win. Of course it goes without saying, as Captain, he should.
The question comes about due to the fact the Belgian defender has been riddled with injuries this season. His ‘one game back three games out’ season means the majority of our success would have been achieved while he was in some kind of physical rehab.
Pep Guardiola, this week, has moved to quash any potential talk around this subject. Coming out publicly to back his Captain he has stated that Vinny will indeed lift any trophies City win. Now if he isn’t on the pitch and we dispatch Arsenal at the end of this month, maybe he won’t actually lift that one, but you get the point Pep is making.
It’s not a potential Micah Richards scenario from a couple of seasons back. Having only played a handful of games in our succesful 2013/14 season, he was not given a winner’s medal. Despite this, Vincent Kompany encouraged the right back to still join in the groups celebrations. Which he did.
Pep went a step further to back his Captain in the most recent European press conference. Sitting alongside the boss, answering questions, was Vinny. Will he play a major part in the club going forward? Only time will tell. Certainly Pep has recruited some younger talent in that position, but they will more than likely need time,
So, for me, the question is simple. If Pep does decide to use the Belgian less and less, will he want to stay? Will he be satisfied with a bit part role at the club or will he need more. He has already stated that he is not thinking about hanging up his boots just yet, and at 31, why would he?
So a spell as a coach for the youth side, or one of our sister clubs, would not currently be a viable option. At the moment I think Kompany has come to far, and achieved so much with us that he, if offered the chance, would stay. Remember, he joined us right before the takeover. when he was just 22, and only days before the Abu Dhabi United Group took control.