Manchester City supporters have been making all the noise in the Transfer Tavern over the Christmas period given their team’s incredible first half of the campaign, which they hope will continue with victory over Newcastle United this evening.
Pep Guardiola’s men were tipped by many to go on and win the Premier League title this season, and they have certainly lived up to expectations by winning 18 of their opening 19 league matches, with Everton the only side to take a point off the Citizens. And the North West outfit made it 17 victories in a row by demolishing basement club Swansea City 4-0 at the Liberty Stadium prior to Christmas, and our resident City fans will hope that they can make it 18 at St James’ Park against Rafa Benitez’s Newcastle tonight.
In the meantime though, there has been much for those Citizens supporters lining up at the bar to get their teeth into, not least a recent report from Sky Sports which suggests that midfielder Yaya Toure will remain at the club beyond the January transfer window.
The 34-year-old penned a new one-year deal at the Etihad Stadium over the summer following his growing influence in Guardiola’s side last term, but things haven’t quite worked out for the Ivorian this season, with just three Premier League appearances to his name so far.
As such, speculation was building that the midfielder could be on his way out of City in January, yet his agent has recently confirmed that he will ‘100 per cent’ be at the Etihad come the end of the winter window.
He said: ‘Everything is good at Man City. He will 100 per cent stay at City in January.
‘He wants to be a three-time champion of the Premier League, but he is also enjoying using his experience to help the young players at the club.’
And this significant update is likely to intrigue and perhaps surprise our resident Citizens fans, given that Toure has managed just 61 minutes of league football so far this season, as well as a few other appearances in domestic and European competition.
Landlord’s verdict: Yaya Toure’s influence on Manchester City since making the move from Barcelona back in 2010 cannot be understated, but he’s slowly but surely fading out of contention at the Etihad Stadium.
61 minutes of Premier League football this term isn’t befitting of a player who has twice inspired the Citizens to the title, yet reports suggest that the Ivorian will indeed remain at the club beyond the January window in a bid to complete a hat-trick of domestic titles.
And although he hasn’t featured much on the pitch, Toure’s experience and overall midfield nous accumulated over 16 years as a professional could seriously help Pep Guardiola’s side in their bid to close out the title race in the second half of the season.
Man City fans… what do you make of the news? Let us know!