Vincent Kompany is leading by example in the Manchester City revival this season... captain marvel looks back to his best 

  • Vincent Kompany has been in superb form so far this season
  • The Manchester City captain has helped his side to three consecutive victories and clean sheets in the Premier League
  • Chelsea's gazumping of Pedro from Manchester United appears to indicate a power shift in English football
  • QPR striker Charlie Austin, who is currently playing in the Championship, would be an excellent signing for a number of top-flight sides
  • If he reaches his potential, Xherdan Shaqiri can prove to be the flagship player of a new era of attacking football at Stoke City 
  • It's not too late to sign up for MailOnline Fantasy Football 

Kompany leads City revival

I was covering the Manchester City game on Sunday. Watching Vincent Kompany leap to head the ball away, I could only think one thing. Wow. Kompany doesn't need me to tell him he was poor last season. He suffered with injuries but he was magnificent at Goodison Park.

He is a fantastic athlete and he looks at his absolute peak. But the best thing about him now is he is playing with a nice chip on his shoulder. He's got that little bit of aggression back and he looks hungry. The same goes for City. 

They are flying and Manuel Pellegrini has made just one change in three games. That consistency is important but with Watford, Crystal Palace and West Ham up next, City must stay focused. It was those kind of games where they came unstuck last season

Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany looks to be back to his best form so far this season 

Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany looks to be back to his best form so far this season 

Kompany has helped City to record three consecutive victories and clean sheets in the Premier League

Kompany has helped City to record three consecutive victories and clean sheets in the Premier League

 

Pedro shows how game has changed

What must Manchester United fans have been thinking watching Pedro? He had an excellent debut but the way Chelsea signed him from under their noses shows how the game has changed. 

Could you imagine Chelsea beating United to a player 15 years ago? It wouldn't happen. And before United fans have a go, it was the same with my old club Liverpool in the 1980s. They were the teams with the history and the money to sign anyone. 

SPANISH ARMADA: 

Three Spaniards scored for Chelsea against West Brom on Sunday - Pedro, Diego Costa and Cesar Azpilicueta.   

Things have changed. If Chelsea or Man City want someone, they get them. And it's not just because of   the money. Modern players are looking at the whole package: who's winning the league? Who's going to pay me the most? Who has the best facilities? 

Now it's City and Chelsea who tick all those boxes. The landscape has changed and, like it or not, if Chelsea or City enter the market everybody else has to step aside 

P.S.It is going to be a big week for John Stones. But whether he hands in a transfer request or not should make no difference to Everton. With injuries in defence, Roberto Martinez needs Stones. Losing him days before the end of the transfer window would be a huge blow.

Chelsea were able to sign Pedro from Barcelona despite high-profile interest from Manchester United 

Chelsea were able to sign Pedro from Barcelona despite high-profile interest from Manchester United 

Everton are keen to keep hold of star defender John Stones who is also a target for Chelsea  

Everton are keen to keep hold of star defender John Stones who is also a target for Chelsea  

 

Big Time Charlie

Lots of clubs are not scoring enough goals this season, which makes Charlie Austin's situation even stranger. He scored again on Saturday and if he stays at QPR there's no doubt he can help them come up. 

People say he has a bad knee but, speaking from experience, he is fine. I couldn't train until Thursdays when I had knee problems but I watched Charlie training every Monday last year. I'd be amazed if someone doesn't try to sign him before the deadline.

QPR striker Charlie Austin would be an excellent signing for a number of Premier League teams 

QPR striker Charlie Austin would be an excellent signing for a number of Premier League teams 

 

Shaqiri sure to Stoke things up

Xherdan Shaqiri could be a fantastic signing for Mark Hughes. He is dynamite. He's not played for a while so will take time to warm up but he is a real pocket rocket and his cross for Stoke's goal at Norwich was superb. 

You have to wonder why a so-called top club didn't go for him because Shaqiri could be a new hero at the Britannia.

Xherdan Shaqiri, Stoke's new signing from Inter Milan, has the potential to be one of their best players

Xherdan Shaqiri, Stoke's new signing from Inter Milan, has the potential to be one of their best players

 

Hat-trick hero Wilson shows he's a class act 

When I pick my 10 to watch for the season, there are no guarantees. Some are stars while others are ones to keep an eye on. But with Callum Wilson, I've never been as confident about a player making an impact. I never doubted he had what it takes.

Wilson is a fantastic all-round striker. He scored 23 goals last season and after a hat-trick on Saturday, I wouldn't be surprised if he ends up competing to be top scorer this season. He has all the ability and, more importantly, he works non-stop. 

Even when he's not scoring Wilson takes defenders into areas they don't want to be and opens up space for his team-mates. Of course having a goalscorer doesn't always keep you up — just ask Charlie Austin and QPR — but it helps. I'm delighted, too, for Eddie Howe to get some points on the board because their performances have deserved it. 

Bournemouth striker Callum Wilson scored his first-ever Premier League hat-trick against West Ham

Bournemouth striker Callum Wilson scored his first-ever Premier League hat-trick against West Ham

 

Mahrez is magic

Riyad Mahrez has to be the most confident player in the Premier League right now. Everything he tries is coming off.

He gave Tottenham centre back Jan Vertonghen a torrid time on Saturday — he should have won a penalty off him and the Belgian kept backing off before he hit that screamer. But players can't help it. When Mahrez runs at you, he's so difficult to stop. A lot of teams will be making plans for him now so Leicester have to make sure they keep hold of him.

Leicester's Riyad Mahrez is enjoying a fine run of form and starred for his side against Tottenham 

Leicester's Riyad Mahrez is enjoying a fine run of form and starred for his side against Tottenham 

 

Same old Spurs

BALE AND FAIL: 

Four of the seven Spurs bought with the

Gareth Bale money in 2013 have now left:

Player                  Fee Paid        New Club

Roberto Soldado     £26m           Villarreal

Paulinho                 £17m          Guangzhou

Etienne Capoue       £9m            Watford

Vlad Chiriches         £8.5m          Napoli

I feel I've made the same point the last three seasons but nothing changes at Tottenham. Yet again they start the campaign without their squad properly sorted. Last year they got away with it thanks to Harry Kane. If he doesn't score goals they could struggle. 

I'm sure Daniel Levy will be trying for plenty of last-minute deals, but sometimes it's about more than just finances. Swansea, Stoke and Crystal Palace have all bought well this summer and you have to say they all have more match-winners than Tottenham. 

Luckily for Spurs they have a good manager there now but he deserves better.

Dele Alli (left) scored in the 1-1 draw with Leicester but Spurs are looking very shaky so far this term

Dele Alli (left) scored in the 1-1 draw with Leicester but Spurs are looking very shaky so far this term

 

 

 

 

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