Vincent Kompany, once one of the most consistent defenders in world football. But now, where has he ended up?
Kompany joined Manchester City from Hamburg in 2008 for a fee of just £6million, a bargain for all concerned.
It was predicted that his pay cheque reached the heights of £200,000 per-week, a considerable amount, but surprisingly fair if he was to play every week and help keep a clean sheet for the Citizens.
In the 2010/11 season all looked bright for Kompany, with the defender playing a mighty 53 games - probably too many to play during just one season. It went downhill from here for the Belgian, with the injuries kicking in and game time starting to lessen.
In the 2011/12 season, Kompany made just 40 appearances, which is still quite a few but not as many as the previous year. Injury was starting to kick in. He appeared even less in the next season, with a constant knee injury troubling the 27-year-old. He only made a total of 26 appearances.
This season has been the worst so far for the Belgian, with him being forced off twice so far with injury. A constantly injured player somehow isn't a good one.
Kompany has appeared just four times in the league, and has missed a total of eight games so far this season in which if he had played they may have won. But in some cases they don't even need Kompany, with Matija Nastasic, Joleon Lescott and Martin Demichellis all able to provide valuable cover.
I understand that not many players retire this early, although it isn't a good career if all you do is spend time in the medical room. It just shows that his amount of game time is starting to decrease, and that will only get less and less as the years go by.
Kompany is an extremely talented player, but the amount of injuries picked up mean he cannot prove his worth. Should he consider retirement?
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