The Man City fans in the Transfer Tavern are expecting a few incoming players this summer, but our landlord thinks that the retention of a few talented players should be more of a priority…
More specifically, our landlord thinks that veteran midfielder Yaya Toure should stay at the club this summer.
Granted, Toure has been less than impressive at points this season, and clearly Guardiola has his concerns about him. Under previous managership, he was a dwindling figure, and the Man City fans in the pub were thinking that it may have been time for him to move on following the arrival of Pep Guardiola.
After a slow start to life under the Spaniard, though, Toure has really proven his worth. Sure, he is no longer the fine player that he was in his pomp, but the role that he plays is fairly unique in the squad. Guardiola has done well to build a group of young, quick, dynamic players – and Toure doesn’t really fit that mould. It is that individuality, though, that really highlights how good he is.
He is strong, powerful, and whilst he is ageing, he still has an enviable engine – making him a valued asset for Guardiola. Sure, especially next season, he won’t be able to start every week – but he doesn’t need to. He is the perfect player to come in at the end of a game or to do a job in cup competition – much like Cesc Fabregas has this year at Chelsea.
You also have to consider the leadership he brings. With Vincent Kompany often injured, Joe Hart seemingly finished in a Man City shirt and David Silva nearing the end of his time at the club, Yaya Toure, who is rated at £8.5m by TransferMarkt, is one of a few leaders within the Man City dressing room – and that can’t be undervalued.
Is he the perfect player for Guardiola? Of course not. But he is the perfect player for Man City in his current state.
Man City fans – thoughts?
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