5 Natural Leaders at Manchester City
Manchester City are a club that are under going a massive transition at the moment. Going from perennial underachievers to genuine contenders for the Premier League.
Obviously the main reason for this is the money behind the likes of Sheik Mansour.
But also the people who have been brought in are winners, natural leaders, and able to handle the pressure that comes with such backing.
Here we take a look at five of these such people.
All of whom are massive players for the club both now and in the future.
5. Carlos Tevez
OK, so he may not be your typical leader, he doesn't speak English and if you listen to the papers he is on the verge of leaving the club every three days.
But Tevez does have leadership skills in the sense of that he leads the team by example.
Last season there were times where Mancini would have to turn to Tevez to pull his City side over the finish line.
Tevez was appointed captain at the beginning last season, in what many saw as a way of making the Argentine stay at the club.
In fairness though he did a very good job at being skipper. He led his side to the FA Cup, he was the joint top-scorer in Premier League and despite some ups and downs maintained a working relationship with Mancini.
So he may not be a captain that shouts and screams at his troops, but he is one that leads from the front.
4. Nigel De Jong
The man at the centre of Manchester City literally, Nigel De Jong runs the midfield for Roberto Mancini.
The Dutchman is a born leader, he gives 100 percent each and every game, and as long as he is at the club he will be in the side.
A powerful player, De Jong sets an example with his biting challenges and easy distribution.
He was handed the captains armband in the early parts of last season when Tevez was back in Argentina, showing that he is more than capable of doing the job.
Many think he was given the armband as a show of faith by Mancini, at a time when De Jong was heavily criticised for a crunching tackle on Haten Ben Arfa, breaking the Frenchman's leg.
A true work horse who gives his all for the club, will carry on doing the dirty work next season.
3. Joe Hart
There are two reasons that Manchester City had such a good defensive record last season, and Joe Hart was one of them.
The England keeper returned from his loan spell with Birmingham City a new man.
And that is the most important thing, he had become a man.
The highly-rated custodian is a leader through and through.
From screaming instructions to making a timely world-class save, he leads and will one day wear the City armband.
Touted also to skipper his country in future Hart has carved out a reputation as a superb 'keeper and someone who can be relied upon in a pressurised situations.
2. Vincent Kompany
The "people's captain," Vincent Kompany is Manchester City's most important player, it's as simple as that.
Called to skipper the side by Mancini when Tevez was out injured, he answered with the expected excellence.
Leading the team out in the FA Cup semifinal against Manchester United, his display that day summed City up, as their drive and determination got the better of United.
Appointed vice-captain, he is much more than that. It is more of a shared role with Tevez.
His attitude is one to be admired and when spoken to he is articulate and has his eyes firmly set on helping his side to glory.
The man who puts all these leaders onto a field week in week out. The Italian has been a revelation at Manchester City and deserves all the credit he gets.
Smooth, charismatic and always seeking to improve. Mancini is a perfectionist in every way.
He demands that his team play within his style and they are hard to break down.
Mancini has handled the pressure of the City job with consummate ease looking the seasoned professional that he is.
Its not been easy with the likes of Tevez and Balotelli in his squad, but you would never know if you listen to Mancini.
He is the true leader of this side and this club and will be for a very long time.
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