Coming off the back of an extraordinary result at the Etihad, Winston Reid deserves all the praise he has been getting from everyone.
Reid was a role model last Saturday, showing everyone just how valuable he is to us and how fortunate we are to have him in a claret and blue shirt.
The man from New Zealand has made 145 appearances for us in the five and a bit years he has been here, scoring 7 goals in the process, and has become very popular with the fans in recent years.
He made a name for himself scoring in that 3-0 win at White Hart Lane and since doing so, has become a huge figure for us.
What does Reid possess that other defender’s do not? He is one of the most courageous defenders in the league and will put his body on the line no matter what, which is great to have in your team.
Also, he influences others to up their game. He is not just a quality individual, he motivates others around him to play better and keeps the defence tight and organised at the back.
Put him up against any striker in the Premier League and he will give them a very tough game, as we saw on Saturday with Aguero being virtually non-existent, which is not normally like the Argentina international.
There are a lot of top quality defenders in the Premier League, and he is definitely up there with the best in my opinion. With the likes of John Terry getting older, he is showing others just how good he is and there are not many better in the business, that’s for sure.
Vincent Kompany is arguably the best centre-half in the top-flight right not, but Winston isn’t far behind him in terms of ability. They are similar players, both strong in the air, can both play on the floor and even notch a few goals from time to time.
We were fortunate to get him to sign a new five year contract in January so it’s good to see that we are holding on to our best players, and not just letting them go easily!
However, if Reid were to leave, it would leave huge a dent in our defence and would have a bigger impact on our performances than most people think.
He is a silent captain, meaning he does exactly what a captain does anyway, so we have more than one leader on the pitch, which is great to have.
Players like Reid do not come along too often, so if we can keep hold of him for the next few years I think he will be key to our progression as we move in to a new era.