SFG Player of the Week: Yaya Toure
No, you’re not going crazy but nor is this a duplicate post. His two goals put Manchester City within touching distance of their first title in 44 years, so it’s no surprise that Yaya Toure becomes Sandals For Goalposts’ Player of the Week for the second week running. What can be said about him that wasn’t posted last week? Many people have said that he symbolises what Man City is all about, and who can argue? For one, while City’s muscle is purely financial, Yaya is nothing but a man of physical strength and force. The determined approach of City to become the leading football club in the world is the same possessed by Toure everytime he steps on to the field of play. The beauty of having a player like Toure is that you almost get two players at once. At times he can be the enforcer in midfield and, in other moments, can be that player who makes the surging runs from midfield. Fans got to see both sides of him last Sunday at Newcastle when Roberto Mancini replaced Samir Nasri for Nigel de Jong after failing to break the Magpies down for 60 mins. This saw Toure move further up the field and the result never really seemed in doubt after he grabbed the first goal. Had they not won the game, the tactical decision would almost certainly have backfired and be considered ‘defensive’ and ‘typically Italian’ by critics. In getting the two goals, Toure not only put his club in the driver’s seat for the Premier League trophy but also justified Mancini’s tactics.
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