‘THE NEXT YAYA TOURE’

Former Man City captain Vincent Kompany believes Arsenal’s Belgian midfielder Albert Sambi Lokonga has the potential to become ‘the next Yaya Toure’.

Kompany, 35, retired from professional football in August 2020 and immediately took over as manager of his former club Anderlecht back in Belgium.

And Lokonga, 22, had a breakthrough season there under Kompany last year, making 37 appearances in all competitions.

He then went on to land a big move to Arsenal in the summer for a fee of around £18m, and Kompany believes he can go all the way to the top.

Speaking in an interview with Rio Ferdinand on his podcast Vibe with Five, Kompany said: “The first thing I did when I saw Sambi is I went to Mikel, and also Pep.

“I went to Mikel first and I said you’ve gotta watch this guy. He’s the new Yaya Toure.”

“What I like about Sambi, that’s rare in football which Yaya did have, is he wants the ball no matter what.

“The team isn’t doing well? Give the ball to Sambi. The team is doing well? Give the ball to Sambi.” 

“But you need players who are not afraid to have the ball when the going gets tough. You need to be able to give it to people who see the next pass, the next move.

“They take responsibility, take people on, and put that tempo in when there’s no tempo in the game anymore.

“For me, that’s what Sambi has that makes him special. He will never hide away from his responsibility.”

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