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City Blogger: Yaya Toure, King of the League

  • 17 April 2014 12:49
  • Posted by @ThomSoutter26

Last week I was trawling one of the many City forums that are now in existence and I came across a point that literally left me dumbfounded.

Then when I looked into it a bit more (having not watched an English Match of the Day this season) I found that it was also a view that former Blues midfielder Dietmar Hamann had shared on the subject; namely that Yaya Toure was somewhat of a liability towards the team.

Now I am not for one second suggesting that people shouldn’t be allowed an opinion, as the vast chasm of differing arguments and viewpoints is one of the things that makes the game of football so great and passionate. However, I would like to share a deeply contrasting view when discussing the merits of City’s number 42.

For me, and I know it is a view shared by many, Yaya Toure simply has to go down as one of the greatest footballers ever to grace a sky blue shirt. I would even potentially whisper, at the risk of outraging people from the Colin Bell generation, that he is the greatest player that City have ever had.

Yaya Celeb.jpg

When Yaya was signed it caused a quite a stir on the blue side of Manchester. It was a hefty fee and especially when people assumed we were signing a defensive midfielder. How wrong could we have been?

He was deployed as an attack minded midfielder alongside the more conservative talents of Gareth Barry and Nigel De Jong. He slowly but surely began to find his feet in English football and his development from what was already a high standard has been staggering.

Him running at defenders is a joy to watch and it really is like watching a bulldozer rip through paper. ‘Get on your bike’ is often a sentence that I shout when Yaya is in possession and it is quite simply because I have yet to see a player who can match his raw pace, power and technical ability. He is a human tank and should be recognised as one of the world greats currently plying his trade.

Yaya

Struggling in a big game? Send for Yaya. His goals single handedly ended City’s 34 year drought for a trophy as he was the only name on the score sheet in both the semi and final in our 2011 FA Cup winning run.

Fast forward 12 months and his double finally broke Newcastle’s resistance in the final away game of the season, which (although we made hard work of it!) finally ended our wait for a league title.

This season when we were losing in the Capital Cup final, he produced a moment of absolute magic to turn the game in our favour. He is a mountain. A beast that comes to the fore when most needed.

Let’s just hope that he returns from a minor injury to play a huge part in the final weeks of the season. Growing in stature at City over his four years, he is now our recognised penalty taker and free kick specialist. Suddenly being the calmest man under pressure from the spot and also able to repeatedly smash a 30 year free kick into the top corner.

Yaya Toure is a real life version of a PlayStation game. Able to charge at players, pass long and short, score from range and also dominate in the air. He is the first City midfielder to score 20 in a season in living memory. This from a player who was playing centre half in Champions League Finals not too many years prior to that. An unbelievable talent.

I would urge all City fans to make the most of this guy whilst he is still in a City shirt, as once he leaves I believe it will be massively apparent as to how good he actually was. Being African player of the year for 3 consecutive years bears testament to his following on the continent of his birth.

So Yaya, thank you for everything over the last few years, you have been a giant. Here’s to hoping that you add a few more trophies to your City CV in the next few years, along with a few more colourful chants from the terraces.

Liability? I think the following stats from this seasons Premier League suggest that it’s more like King of the League…

Goals

18

3rd Highest in the whole league

Penalties scored

6

2nd Highest in the whole league

Free Kicks scored

4

Highest in the whole league

Dead ball conversion

83%

Highest in the whole league

Passes

2170

Most in the whole league

Passes in opposition half

1321

Most in the whole league

Pass Accuracy

90%

Highest in the whole league

 

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