While Manchester City are struggling to find consistency this season, one of their players seems to never have such an issue. Yaya Toure has once again had a fantastic start of the season and at 30-years old, he seems to be at the peak of his career.
Since he joined Manchester City in 2010 from Barcelona, Toure has been his club’s most consistent player. The Ivory Coast international has already scored five times in 10 games this season. He’s City’s second top scorer behind the Argentine striker Sergio Aguero. This season, he has added another feature to his game, having already scored three free kicks.
Primarily a box-to-box midfielder, Toure has played many different positions since joining City. Former manager Roberto Mancini sometimes used him as a No. 10 behind Aguero in a 4-2-3-1. He was also used as a defensive midfielder against Real Madrid in December 2011 in Manchester City’s last group game.
Pep Guardiola even used him as a center-back at Barcelona in the 2009 Champion’s League final against Manchester United. Having a player with such versatility is a something all football managers love.
This season, Toure has been almost always used in his usual box-to-box role by City’s new manager Manuel Pellegrini, even though he played as a No. 10 against Chelsea last weekend. His ability to adapt quickly to different roles gives his manager more tactical flexibility.
Toure is one of those rare midfielders that combine physical strength, great technique, an eye for goal and a great work ethic. He can be often seen tracking opponents into his own defensive third, even when he plays as a no. 10. His passing ability is probably the most underrated aspect of his game and is not mentioned enough.
He has been City’s most important player for the last three season. Toure international is proving every week that he’s not just one of the best midfielders on the team, but one of the best players in the world.