By Harry Sykes
Vincent Kompany has battled his injury problems to become the new Ledley King, according to a report.
The Telegraph claim there are similarities between Manchester City skipper Kompany and the Tottenham legend due to their physical troubles in the later stages of their careers.
Former centre-back King is widely regarded as one of the outstanding Spurs players of the last 40 years and was famed for his ability to deliver outstanding performances in elite matches with little or no preparation.
He finally bowed to the inevitable when he retired in the summer of 2012 at the age of 31 due to a chronic knee problem.
The Telegraph report that Kompany’s injury troubles are not as pronounced as King’s were but note how the City man also has the rare ability to perform at a high standard after a lengthy spell on the sidelines.
Kompany made a winning return to the City side on Saturday evening as he not only scored but helped his side keep a rare clean sheet as they secured a comfortable 3-0 win at Southampton.
The Belgium international, who was forced to miss Euro 2016 due to injury, believes that he would already be retired now at the age of 31 if he needed a large base of match fitness in order to play.
“I would have been done and dusted if I needed time to adapt,” he said, as quoted by the Telegraph. “I have been lucky I can make use of a tremendous amount of experience.
“Where I am at physically does not matter. I know what I have to do and, as long as I can organise the people around, I can always get a performance.
“The main thing is self-belief and experience. I follow what is happening in training so I understand what needs to be done. There are ups and downs but ultimately what keeps you going is looking to the objective and knowing that the season is long. If I had to work 15 years for one moment like this I would do it.”
In the 2016-17 campaign, Kompany has suffered groin, knee and leg injuries that have sidelined him for seven, 11 and four matches respectively.
In other Tottenham news, the club have sensationally terminated the contract of one of their defenders.