Martin Keown compares Aleksandar Kolarov to football legend

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There are certain times in football when a pundit makes a fairly overzealous comparison about a player, whether it be with regards to their price tag or stating that they are similar to that of a past footballing legend.

Well, Martin Keown can now join that club after his slightly odd remarks regarding the performance of Manchester City's Aleksandar Kolarov in their 4-0 demolition of Bournemouth.

The Serbian defender was used as a makeshift centre-back after John Stones was given a rest and the 30-year-old delivered a composed performance, regularly conforming to the passing patterns insisted upon by Pep Guardiola for his defenders.


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The former Lazio man started attacks, moved forward with the ball at will and positioned himself sensibly when City were defending.

This prompted Keown to compare Kolarov to one of the greatest defenders ever seen on a football pitch, Bobby Moore.

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See what I mean when I said overzealous. Speaking on BBC's Final Score programme, the former Arsenal defender heaped perhaps far too much praise upon a performance which was heavily influenced by the lack of adventurous offensive play from Bournemouth:

"He looks magnificent. He wants to roam out with the ball. I'm sure the manager is watching him and thinking 'is he my perfect central defender?'. Because the way he comes out is almost Bobby Moore like... he's a great talent, Kolarov."

A tad too far? Possibly, but the comments by Keown should not deter from the fact that Kolarov does look a changed man under the guidance of Guardiola, as do City in their entirety.

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Despite impressing during the very early stages of last season, the Serbian left-back faded into obscurity during the latter stages of the campaign and many thought he may be forced out the exit door in the summer.

It wasn't to be and the new manager clearly had a plan with which to best utilise a player with great ability both offensively and defensively.

Ball-playing centre-backs have been the corner stone of Guardiola's football empires and along with new recruit Stones, Kolarov looks like a prime candidate to continue a philosophy which has revolutionised the game.


Take Keown's quotes with a pinch of salt because at the end of the day, even the best of us are prone to the odd silly comparison.

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