Manchester City extended their unbeaten start to the season with a 2-1 away win over Watford on Tuesday evening, but here at Football FanCast we want to know whether Vincent Kompany did enough to justify a start in the clash with Chelsea on Saturday.
City’s club captain has had a torrid time with injury in recent years, and he has only made seven Premier League appearances so far this season.
Against Watford though he was brought in to deal with the physical threat of Troy Deeney, with Aymeric Laporte dropping out and missing Premier League minutes for the first time in this campaign.
Many Manchester City fans might have worried that the Belgian international’s bad luck had struck again when he limped off after 82 minutes, but Ben Dinnery confirmed on Twitter that it was just cramp for the 32-year-old.
Pep confirms Kompany's withdrawal was fatigue-related. The skipper was suffering from cramp. Hoping to have an update on Aguero tomorrow – flagged as an early for Saturday. #MCFC
— Ben Dinnery (@BenDinnery) December 4, 2018
He will be fit then for the trip to Stamford Bridge on Saturday evening, and Guardiola should consider starting him. There is no substitute for experience and Kompany has that in abundance.
He also brought back memories of his days as a holding midfielder against Watford, as his splitting passes broke the Hornets’ press.
Guardiola is clearly a big fan on Laporte and John Stones for their ball-playing abilities, but Kompany’s intelligence and tactical nous will be huge in negating the threat of his compatriot Eden Hazard.
So, City fans, do you think Kompany should start against Chelsea? Have your say by voting in the poll below.