Premier League leaders Manchester City struggled when club legend Vincent Kompany left the club but recent happenings this season suggest that they have found a replacement for their former skipper.
Vincent Kompany was the Manchester City skipper for several years before he left the club to take up a player-coach role at boyhood club Anderlecht. He has since retired from active football to concentrate on the role of manager at the Belgian top flight club.
Laporte was seen as the next best defender after Kompany while the club legend was at the Etihad Stadium and the long-term knee injury suffered by him didn’t help the Premier League table toppers in the quest to retain their title last season. Their inability to retain the title paved way for Liverpool to win it.
At the start of this season, Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola moved swiftly to sign Ruben Dias from Benfica in the Portuguese league shortly after his team conceded five goals at home to Leicester City. Guardiola and his players were beaten 5-2 by the Foxes at the start of the season. In a bid to avoid any more mistakes in the title race, Dias was signed for around £62m and he has been a welcomed replacement for Kompany and a quality one at that.
With Dias in the Manchester City backline, the club is going for an unprecedented four titles this season.