Jonathan Walters retired from Professional football after his last Achilles injury kept him out of the Burnley team. The former Stoke City and Ipswich Town striker has since taken on the onus of being a pundit.
Everyone in the Premier League has understood this season that their isn’t a better center back around compared to Virgil Van-Dijk. The Dutchman was crowned the PFA Player’s Player of the Year for the current season by popular vote of his peers.
Van-Dijk has been a rock in the back four alongside Joel Matip. He has played in all the games of the league this season while Kompany only has 15 appearances to his name. Not just that, at 33 years of age Kompany isn’t getting any younger.
At 27, Van-Dijk is experienced but has only entered his peak years. He should probably get better as time goes by. Jonathan Walters thinks that the older, less played Belgian is better than the Liverpool colossus. The former striker thinks that all the years that Kompany has clocked make him a better captain to win the Premier League.
Here’s Walters take on Kompany vs van-Dijk:
“You have got to go with Vincent Kompany over Van Dijk for winning the Premier League as captain”
“To be up there with the best you have to be winning things. Virgil Van Dijk has had a great 18 months and as good as he’s been you have to be doing it for at least four, five years before you can be considered right up there.
“There is a good probability that Virgil Van Dijk is going to be captain next year and he just needs to keep it up, keep doing it. Like Vincent Kompany who has been doing it for so many years.”
They are different players but by virtue of winning the league and being so consistent over the years it’s Kompany for me.”
– Jonathan Walters via 888Sport
Van-Dijk may not have been at a top team for long, having played for Southampton for two and a half years before switching to Liverpool counts as good preparation for winning the league. Maybe not for Walters, but the league is still far from over. Should Liverpool win it, all such pundits and their arguments about why a City player is better will go down the drain.
Until then- YNWA!