the thing that stood out to me watching city when he came back, is that, otamendi and stones are very good passers for centrebacks, especially stones. but kompany is right there with them, he doesn't lag behind almost in any way AT ALL- he is a superb long passer and has excellent technique. that was obvious already in his prime with mancini, but he fit right back into the team and didn't skip a beat in spreading the ball around the way pep demands, and i didn'y expect him to be so influential so immediately again, but he is.
and he is such a great tackler, and so strong on top of all that. the only concerning thing about kompany is that any time he needs to slow down or turn suddenly, you feel like he'll injure himself again
which is not unreasonable considering his injury history unfortunately. i actually do sympathize with pep not using him much this season, it would be disaster to have another puyol situation due to coming back from injury too early. i felt the same about ousmane at barca, yeah he would've helped against roma.. but if he needs more time you can't rush him without risking to ruin the next few years of his prime. players are brought back from injury way too early way too often and it regularly leads to the rapid and often irreversible decline of a player.
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