With Yara Toure’s Performance at Chelsea on Saturday, Here are Some Thoughts on His Future
Manchester City gave Chelsea a good beat down on Saturday behind the hat trick of Sergio Aguero and great counter-attacking movement.
Yara Toure, in his established role as a attacking midfielder, played the game towards the front providing support for Aguero alongside his midfield peers — Jesús Navas, Samir Nasri, and Kevin De Bruyne.
Toure lauded the win, in his post-match interview, as a great effort from City:
“I think it was one of the best games we’ve played this season because it is not easy to dominate the way we did when playing at Stamford Bridge where it is always difficult.”
When asked about his performance, he simply stated:
“I like to play everywhere to help the team,” he said. “I was delighted to help my teammates again today, because I’ve missed two or three games through injury and it’s always difficult for me to watch my team-mates play without me.”
“Two or three games through injury” are words to keep in mind as you consider what Toure’s next career move during the summer will be.
Man City is currently sitting at third, 13 points behind league-leaders, Leicester City. They are not necessarily a patient team, with owners who have high demand for trophies at home and abroad. With another season of Champions League play ahead, one must imagine that City will be taking a very close look at 32 year old Ivory Coast international.
As of right now, the most recent credible transfer rumor article (on March 30, 2016 from The Sun) claimed:
“City midfielder Yaya Toure, 32, is ready to quit the club this summer with Bayern Munich, Juventus and Paris St-Germain all interested in his signature”
Those are great teams, which — I am sure — Toure wouldn’t mind joining. Yet, it is hard to imagine a 32 year old attacking midfielder overtaking a 23 year old World Cup winner, Mario Götze of Bayern Munich, the 30 and under South American attacking duo of Hernanes and Roberto Pereyra at Juventus (lest we forget Paul Pogba — the destroyer, who seats in their central midfield), or the 26 year old Argentian, Javier Pastore, at PSG.
Toure, a great player in his time, has a summer of interesting and difficult conversations ahead of him. As the season comes to a close, look for him to seek steady play on the field — easy, crisp passes and limited aggressive tackles (remember those words from earlier).
See Yara Toure’s post-game interview below: