The Manchester City fans in the Transfer Tavern have grown increasingly concerned by Vincent Kompany’s inability to stay fit for an extended period of time during the past three seasons.
Manchester City’s captain will go down in City’s history as one of the pioneers who instigated the club’s rise from a side typically threatened by relegation, to one of the most feared and respected sides in world football. Unfortunately, it now appears that Kompany will be forced to hand over the proverbial baton and physical captain’s armband to one of his teammates at the end of the season, as a result of the injuries that have plagued his career in recent years.
It remains to be seen who will replace Kompany as captain of the club, but the British media have produced plenty of speculation in recent days regarding an immediate replacement for him during the January window.
The most recent report to emerge in relation to City’s pursuit of a central defender this month concerns Leicester City defender Harry Maguire, who is reportedly a £50 million target for Guardiola this month according to The Sun.
However, City would be wise to avoid the absurdity of the prices that characterise the January window, and instead focus on nurturing their academy product Tosin Adarabioyo for the remainder of the season.
So far this season, Adarabioyo has made just three first-team appearances for the club, but he has looked intelligent in his reading of the game and modestly confident in possession of the ball.
Physically, Adarabioyo looks in prime shape to operate as a ball-playing central defender. He is blessed with height at 6ft 4in, and his relatively slim frame allows him to remain agile on the turn – unlike Kompany who has perhaps placed too much emphasis on bulking up during his career.
With the correct guidance and first-team opportunities, Adarabioyo would be a success within City’s first-team this year, so Guardiola should abandon his pursuit of Maguire and invest his faith in the club’s academy product.
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