Yaya in line for top PFA award?
- 02 April 2014 08:10
- Posted by @dclayton_mcfc
City have a number of contenders who could rightly claim to be in the running for the PFA Player of the Year award.
Though the short-list is yet to be announced, David Silva and Yaya Toure are sure to be in the minds of their fellow professionals for the most prestigious domestic individual award in England, though EPL Index focus on Yaya in their potential list of nominees.
Silva, outstanding all season, surprisingly doesn’t get a mention as Marcus Jones writes: “Yaya Toure has further enhanced his already tremendous reputation with some stellar performances this season.
“The Ivorian has been at the forefront of City’s title push, showcasing his skills and cementing his place for many as the best midfielder in the league.
“After great early season performances from Sergio Aguero were hindered by injury, Toure has taken over the position as his team’s talisman.
“This season in particular he has added even more goals to his repertoire. Toure has scored 17 league goals this season, just one goal less than his combined total of 18 from his last three seasons at the club.
“Unbelievably, he has scored all of his seven clear cut chances this season and has a chance conversion of 41%. It is statistics like this that show Toure’s importance, especially whilst Aguero has been injured. Toure’s passing has also been exceptional.
“He has managed an open play pass completion of 90%, as well as 80% pass completion in the final third. This shows how high in quality his performances have been this season, and he is definitely a strong contender for the award.”
Elsewhere, The Bleacher Report heap praise on another of the Blues’ multi-talented midfielders – this time in the shape of Samir Nasri.
Rob Pollard writes: “(Nasri’s) understanding with David Silva continues to grow, with their fluidity and movement a key element of Pellegrini's side. City now looks to dominate possession, and Nasri and Silva, who are both excellent at retaining the ball, have flourished in a system that sees them given freedom to create.
“Not only has Nasri's touch and skill seen him play his best football for City under Pellegrini, his work ethic has improved considerably, too. The question marks over his ability to dig in when things weren't going his way has evaporated, and he's become a key member of the side.”
In other news, Forever West Ham reckon Costel Pantilimon could be a summer target for the Irons as they write: “Manchester City’s, Costel Pantilimon is, according to Football Direct News, a target for Sam Allardyce.
“You’d imagine a goalkeeper will be a target for the Hammers, given the likelihood that Jussi Jaaskelainen won’t be offered a new contract – as well as question marks over the ability of Stephen Henderson and Raphael Spiegel to deputise for Adrian.
“The 27-year-old, who dislodged Joe Hart as City’s No.1 earlier in the season, apparently impressed Big Sam in the two legs he played against us in the Capital One Cup.”
Let’s finish today’s round up with one of the numerous Press reactions to our April Fool’s gag yesterday.
The Metro believe that, of the handful of clubs who attempted an April 1 wind-up, City’s was the best with the Moonslide the most believable of all the ruses unleashed yesterday morning.
They write: “Manchester City topped the table for Premier League April Fools’ jokes with their ‘announcement’ that a revolutionary new ‘moon slide’ is being devolved to transport fans out of the Etihad Stadium.
“The Blues released the blueprints along with a video on their official club website, claiming their inspiration, The ArcelorMittal Orbit Tower in Stratford, was designed by renowned artist Anish Kapoor in conjunction with the structural designer Cecil Balmond.”
Good job we didn’t mention the left-handed hamburgers on sale at the Etihad this weekend…