A dubious adage dictates that when one learns something new, an old piece of stored information is squeezed from the memory bank.
With that in mind, imagine just how many things you’ve been forced to forget to accommodate all the Pep Guardiola-flavoured Manchester City transfer rumours that have been pumped around the gossip columns these past few weeks.
Owing to the fact the sun rose this morning, we have been treated to yet more insight into the Spaniard’s transfer policy, which makes us at news.bwin towers wonder exactly how he has found the time to manage Bayern Munich.
This time we’ve been made privy to Guardiola’s plot to dispense with Citizens skipper Vincent Kompany as part of a drastic rebuilding operation.
Given his immense and obvious quality, such a move appears drastic on the surface, but when it’s considered just how fragile the Belgian colossus is, this strategy is one of the mooted moves that actually makes sense.
City are markedly better with Kompany than without him, as is emphasised by their 18% loss percentage in matches he has started this season as opposed to the 31% when he has missed out.
His domineering playing style and stellar leadership qualities make him the lynchpin of the Citizens defence, yet it is this dependency that underlines why he should be sold this summer.
Kompany gets injured far too frequently; the calf complaint sustained in the goalless draw with Dynamo Kiev last time out was its third recurrence this season.
What was also evident in the Dynamo draw was just how easily the titanic centre-back is stricken. A slip that wasn’t significant enough to knock him over resulted in a calf strain that will ensure he misses a month.
In those moments in which he hobbles from the field, the tangible disappointment that reverberates through City teammates, coaches and supporters alike almost ensures whoever is tasked with filling his boots will always fail to flourish.
Consistency is what’s required from a title-winning defence, so perhaps sacrificing the breakable Belgian and replacing him with a less-talented, more reliable alternative who could keep the ship steady all year round is the way to go under Guardiola.