Manchester City supporters have been making a lot of noise in the Transfer Tavern this season given their team’s incredible campaign thus far, which sets them up perfectly for a potentially trophy-laden year to come in 2018.
Pep Guardiola’s men were tipped by many to go on and win the Premier League title this season, and they are well on their way to doing so by opening up a commanding lead over neighbours Manchester United at the summit of the division. And having eased through their Champions League group for the loss of just three points, alongside reaching the last four of the Carabao Cup, the Citizens are well placed to go and compete for major honours in the second half of the campaign, both domestically and in Europe.
Subsequently, there have been many delighted City fans in the Tavern in the last few months, several of whom are likely to be intrigued by recent reports suggesting that midfielder Yaya Toure is set to remain at the club beyond the January window.
The 34-year-old has only managed 61 minutes of Premier League football so far this season given the impressive efforts of Fernandinho, Kevin De Bruyne, and David Silva in the central midfield positions, and his lack of involvement led to speculation that he could be on his way out of the Etihad Stadium in January.
However, comments from his agent suggest that the Ivorian will indeed stay at the club beyond January, which appears to be a very wise move from the Citizens given the amount of experience the midfielder possesses, as well as the impact he could still have on proceedings in the second half of the campaign.
Ultimately, there aren’t many players left in the City squad that have tasted Premier League success at the club in the past, with Toure alongside Silva, Fernandinho, Sergio Aguero, and Vincent Kompany as the only previous title winners.
And although they look set to win the division at a canter, it may only take a few results for doubts to start creeping in ahead of the run in, and that’s why experienced pros who have been there before like Toure will be invaluable, both on and indeed off the field.
But the Ivory Coast star, who has confirmed that he is to end his international retirement, could also play a huge part on the pitch in the second half of the season, what with City going into the New Year in four separate competitions.
Toure has started all three of their Carabao Cup clashes so far this term to help them to the semi-finals, and is thus likely to play a key part in their upcoming two-legged affair with Bristol City, as well as a potential final at Wembley.
Add in the FA Cup, where they open up against Burnley next month in the third round, as well as the Champions League, a competition in which they have been backed as one of the favourites, and Guardiola will need options in every area of the field, with games likely to come thick and fast in 2018.
And although Toure arguably isn’t as influential now as he was a few seasons ago, and possibly even this time 12 months ago, he can still have a big impact on this City team, and as such is a great option for Guardiola to have at his disposal heading into 2018.
Both on and off the pitch, the 34-year-old can still have a huge part to play in City’s success this term, and as such it’s a wise move that the £7.2 million-rated ace (as per Transfermarkt) remains at the club beyond the January window.
Man City fans… what do you think? Let us know!