Former Manchester City star Micah Richards commented on the club’s new signing, and how Vincent Kompany is irreplaceable.
Manchester City signed an expensive defender earlier this week. Defender Ruben Dias arrived at Emirates for £62 million. Although, former City center-back Micah Richards said that no player can take Vincent Kompany’s place.
Moreover, gaffer Pep Guardiola is also looking for a suitable fit for the former Belgian captain.
Dias will have a big responsibility at the moment as City transferred the defender from Benfica.
Richards believes that the 23-year-old will make a good start to the season. Evidently, the Citizens collapsed during the Premier League fixture against Leicester City. However, the former Blues defender trusts in the work put in by City players.
“Defeats happen. There are ways to lose, though, and it felt like some gave up too easily against Leicester and, if that was the case, it is unacceptable,” Richards told the Daily Mail.
“I like Leicester and I thought Jamie Vardy was superb but Manchester City don’t concede five at home to Leicester. That just doesn’t happen.
“More scrutiny is now on a defence that has cost in excess of £350 million to assemble.
Who will be the next Vincent Kompany?
“Ruben Dias, from Benfica, is the latest addition for a club-record fee and already I have heard people referring to him as ‘The next Vincent Kompany’. Such comparisons are ridiculous.
“Nobody will ever replace Vincent Kompany. Vinny was one of the greatest defenders of the Premier League era but the vast majority of you only saw what he did he did on the pitch. Off the pitch, away from the cameras, his impact on City helped shape the club.
“It’s similar with Phil Foden. He isn’t the next David Silva. He may have a beautiful left foot but he is a completely different midfielder; it’s far-fetched to think a new face replaces an old one and everything stays the same.
“There are leaders in the current squad. Kevin De Bruyne takes people with him through the brilliance of his play, while Fernandinho is a big character. I think they need someone, however, whose leadership extends away from the pitch.
“Sometimes it feels like new faces have arrived in Manchester and they think it’s all about the glitz and the glamour. I want them to understand what City is about, what it really means to the fans. I don’t ever want City’s players to not to have a link with its local community.”
Man City will play against Leeds United in the English League action on Saturday.