By James Goldman | Deputy Editor
Sergio Aguero might have applied the glorious finishing touch to Manchester City’s Premier League coronation, but the Argentine’s goal would have counted for little were it not for the foundations laid by Goal UK’s Player of the Season, Vincent Kompany.
Competition for personal recognition was fierce in this most incredible of seasons, with our readers having voted overwhelmingly in favour of Arsenal striker Robin van Persie.
Having scored a bucketload of goals, many of them spectacular, in a side whose deficiencies were not reflected by their commendable third-place finish, few could mount a credible argument to suggest that the Dutchman was anything but a worthy winner of both the PFA and Football Writers’ gongs.
|HOW THE GOAL.COM READERS VOTED
|1st Robin van Persie - 75.7%
2nd Wayne Rooney - 10.3%
3rd Vincent Kompany - 6.5%
4th Sergio Aguero - 4%
Others - 3.5%
By the very nature of their business goalscorers tend to hog these awards but every now and again those responsible for the more mundane aspects of the game warrant their moment in the sun. This is Kompany’s time to deservedly revel in the acclaim he warrants.
When City’s season reached its nadir following Mario Balotelli’s Emirates Stadium brain fade, doubtless manager Roberto Mancini played his part in uniting a sinking ship, but on the pitch his captain led by shining example and not just with his decisive goal in the Manchester derby.
|"He has played well in the big games and is a leader, he is an amazing influence"
- Micah Richards on Vincent Kompany
Marrying uncompromising steel with a delicate finesse, Kompany perfectly encapsulates the perfect modern central defender, but, just as significantly, particularly in a team made up of mega stars, possesses those rare leadership qualities which have drawn comparisons with the likes of Patrick Vieira, Roy Keane and Tony Adams.
Modest, engaging and eloquent, the Belgian is a shining beacon of professionalism too. He offers a refreshing change to the platitudes and cliches that dominate the majority of post-match interviews and perhaps that gives a clear indication as to why his team-mates so readily respond to him.
|"He has improved a lot and now is one of the top defenders in Europe. He can improve even more"
- Roberto Mancini
It was striking too, how, in the aftermath of the pandemonium that had broken out at Etihad Stadium on Sunday, Kompany was able to remain composed enough to remind himself that it was still just a game. City’s achievements were simply on par with his wedding day and birth of his child.
A normal guy, but no ordinary player. Vincent Kompany should be championed by City fans and cherished by the rest of the Premier League.