Vincent Kompany and Nigel De Jong: The True Faces Of Manchester City

Ieuan BeynonCorrespondent IIIOctober 1, 2010

LIVERPOOL, UNITED KINGDOM - APRIL 25:  Nigel de Jong (L) and Vincent Kompany (R) of Manchester City tackle Leon Osman (C) of Everton during the Barclays Premier League match between Everton and Manchester City at Goodison Park on April 25, 2009 in Everton, England.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
Alex Livesey/Getty Images

As we all know Manchester City are the richest club in the world.

They have the finances and the ambition to out spend any other team on the planet. Period.

But when you look at their starting XI, there are always two names that you can rely on.

Vincent Kompany and Nigel De Jong.

These two unlikely heroes are fan favourites and rightly so.

Kompany 24, a Belgian international, was signed as a defensive midfielder from SV Hamburger in 2008,

But since then he has found success as a centre-back. A position he is not fond of playing. But one that he is very good at,

Moved there last season when the likes of Joleon Lescott and Nedum Onouha were out injured. He has struck up a formidable partnership with former captain Kolo Toure.

Lescott, a £24 million signing from Everton the previous summer now struggles to get a game.

Dominant in the air and strong in the tackle, Kompany is no doubt a born centre-back.

His experience of playing in midfield has also served him well. He loves to break forward and in not afraid to take on players.

De Jong 25, was also signed from Hamburg.

Joining in the January after Kompany, the Dutch international has been a revelation in the middle of the park.

His combative style has won him many fans.

One of those fans is current manager Roberto Mancini. With all the money spent over the summer on midfielders- in particular Yaya Toure and James Milner- De Jong has still played in every Premier League game.

When De Jong plays, the midfield has an injection of energy, that seems to be missing in his absence.

He patrols the middle third of the pitch, putting in thunderous tackles and offloading the ball to a more creative force.

Nobody would have said a word if either were named Captain at the start of the season.

The manager though gave the armband to star striker Carlos Tevez, and so far it seems to have worked, With Tevez thriving on the extra responsibility.

But it just shows the temperament of these characters to be considered ready to captain such a big club at such a young age.

These two have the majority of their careers ahead of them, and if City can finally live up to the expectations of the owners, then they may be very successful.

They represent the new Manchester City: ambitious, powerful and above all hard-working.

As long as Mancini remains manager, these two will be in the team.

He has shown in the last couple of months that he respects hard-workers and people who leave there all on the field, and these two definitely are guilty of that.

With Vincent Kompany and Nigel De Jong at the heart of Manchester City, anything is possible.


    Swansea Beat Dominant Liverpool 😯

    World Football logo
    World Football

    Swansea Beat Dominant Liverpool 😯

    Gianni Verschueren
    via Bleacher Report

    KDB's New 5-year Deal in Detail

    Manchester City logo
    Manchester City

    KDB's New 5-year Deal in Detail

    Matt Jones
    via Bleacher Report

    Mkhitaryan Joins Arsenal as Alexis Exits

    World Football logo
    World Football

    Mkhitaryan Joins Arsenal as Alexis Exits

    via Arsenal

    FIFA: VAR to Be Used at World Cup

    World Football logo
    World Football

    FIFA: VAR to Be Used at World Cup

    Sky Sports
    via Sky Sports