Vincent Kompany has warned Manchester City’s new signing Kevin De Bruyne that he cannot expect to play centrally every game and must be flexible.
De Bruyne made his debut from the bench in the last-gasp 1-0 win over Crystal Palace – replacing the injured Sergio Aguero after 25 minutes. The former Chelsea man immediately took up a central role before moving to the left in a game which City won without star men Raheem Sterling and David Silva.
“We have so many players who can play centrally behind the striker,” said Kompany.
“Samir Nasri is a great player, David Silva is a great player, Raheem Sterling, Jesus Navas. I think we have about five players in that position all equally strong, and then always it will be a little change. You will be left once, at right, behind the striker, I think that’s normal at this level.”
City skipper Kompany has been impressed with City’s £54million record signing De Bruyne and labelled his work rate “phenomenal”.
“The main thing is that, although we have some great talent like Kevin De Bruyne, with some of the passes that he made, his work rate was also phenomenal. It’s not often that you see a player with the ability that he has and the same kind of work rate.
“We have seen the same with Raheem. It is something that will define our season – how much can we get the top players in our team to do the hard work,” added Kompany.