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Crystal Palace may have missed a trick failing to land Yaya Toure

Crystal Palace may have missed a trick failing to land Yaya Toure

Crystal Palace supporters in the Transfer Tavern have been somewhat quieter in recent times after seeing their team suffer a second straight Premier League defeat at the weekend.

Roy Hodgson’s men went into their clash with Watford at Vicarage Road on Sunday off the back of losing 2-0 at home to Liverpool in their preceding league encounter, and as such were hoping to get back to winning ways in Hertfordshire at the weekend. Yet goals from Roberto Pereyra and Jose Holebas moved the Hornets into a commanding position on Sunday, and although Wilfried Zaha got one back for the visitors, it wasn’t enough to prevent their second defeat of the campaign.

As such, there have been many disappointed Eagles fans up and down the country in recent times, several of whom are already turning their attentions towards their side’s home clash with struggling Southampton on Saturday.

Yet one man that won’t be donning the red and blue of the London club is midfielder Yaya Toure, what with his agent tweeting earlier this week that the 35-year-old has completed a medical in the capital, but won’t be signing for Hodgson’s side.

And given just how good the £2.25 million-rated ace (as per Transfermarkt) has been against the Eagles in years gone by, alongside how much he still has to offer, Hodgson may have missed a trick failing to lure the Palace tormentor to Selhurst Park.

Ultimately, Toure is currently without a club having left Manchester City at the expiration of his contract earlier in the summer, thus bringing the curtain down on a hugely successful eight-year stint at the Etihad Stadium, in which time the 35-year-old won three Premier League titles, and many other domestic trophies.

And during his spell at the North West heavyweights, the Ivorian came up against Palace on ten separate occasions, and produced the goods more often than not in netting seven times and laying on one assist for the Citizens.

In fact, Toure hasn’t scored more goals against any other opposition during his career than the seven he has bagged against Palace, in which time the midfielder helped City to eight victories, losing on just one occasion back in 2015.

Thus, the 35-year-old always produced his best football to torment the Eagles, but having him in their side going into the remainder of the campaign would not only end that constant suffering, but it would give Hodgson another accomplished player in the middle of the park.

Yes, the arrival of Cheikhou Kouyate has given the Palace boss greater strength in the centre midfield areas following the departure of Yohan Cabaye during the summer, and alongside the likes of Luka Milivojevic, Max Meyer, and James McArthur, they are well-stocked in that department.

But one mustn’t forget what Toure has achieved in English football during his time at City, alongside the fact that little over a season ago he was still producing some fine performances in the heart of the Citizens midfield – Palace fans know that only too well given he ran the show in a 2-1 City win back in 2016.

Thus, it appears that the Ivorian still retains huge ability in the middle of the park to as such be a huge asset to Hodgson and his Palace side, which is why the Eagles chief may well have missed a trick failing to bring the 35-year-old to Selhurst Park.

Palace fans… what do you think? Let us know!

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