Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has sent out a warning to opposition clubs by claiming that in-form midfielder Yaya Toure can improve even further.
The Ivory Coast international has had a phenomenal start to the 2013-14 season scoring five goals and pulling the strings in the City midfield.
Toure dominated in the Sky Blues' 4-1 rout of their neighbours Manchester United on Sunday and netted a brilliant free kick on Tuesday evening as his side hammered Wigan 5-0 in the Capital One Cup.
And after defeating the Latics - which brought City's goal tally to 12 from their last three games - Pellegrini insisted that Toure could get even better.
“He is an excellent player," said Pellegrini.
"But if he adds goals from free-kicks - and last Sunday he scored again - for him it is very important to score goals.
"He is a player who can always improve, and Yaya is trying to do it.
“We are always practising free-kicks. Yaya stays normally, kicking the ball after we finish the daily work.
"He is really in a good moment. It is not normal, that someone always scores from free-kicks.
“He is a very important player for the team. I don’t know what happened last year but all the players are playing with trust and we always give them trust. I think it is very important.”
The Chilean had more good news for City fans with news that playmaker David Silva could return from injury to face Bayern Munich in the Champions League on Wednesday.
The Spanish midfielder has been out of action since August after injuring his groin whilst on international duty.
“We will see the next day what happens with David ,” said the City boss.
“The doctor can say better than me what will happen. I don’t think he can play on Saturday but maybe for the next game of Champions League, I think he could be fit.”