With Spanish midfielder Sergio Busquets impressing at Barcelona in the holding midfield role, fellow midfielder Yaya Toure was deemed surplus to requirements at the club and was placed on the transfer list by then manager Pep Guardiola.
Big spending Manchester City signed the Ivorian for a fee of around £24m to make him Roberto Mancini’s third signing as Manchester City boss.
After narrowly missing out on Champions league football the year before, the 2010-11 season began with very high hopes for City.
Yaya Toure joined the likes of Carlos Tevez, David Silva and Vincent Kompany in a new era for the blue side of Manchester, with silverware the main target for the mega rich club.
Having won seven major honours in his time at Barcelona, which included two league titles and a Champions league, Toure felt he needed to leave Spain to play regular first team football.
He made his City debut in a 0-0 draw at Tottenham in the first game of the season in 2010 and immediately made an impact at the club, becoming a key player in midfield.
After netting his first goal for the club in a 2-0 win at Wigan in the Premier league, the two time African player of the year scored another nine goals that season. These included the winner in the Fa cup semi-final against rivals Manchester United and the winner in the final against Stoke at Wembley stadium to win City their first trophy in 35 years.
The following year Toure was vital in Manchester City’s Premier league triumph and netted another nine goals in all competitions for the Citizens.
Last season was another strong personal season for Manchester City’s number 42. His first goal came in his first game, in the Community Shield win vs. Chelsea.
Once again he scored nine goals in all competitions including vital finishes against Manchester United and Chelsea.
The season ended poorly though as Toure and City went the season trophyless.
So far this year, the 30-year old has been sensational. He has so far, scored six goals in just ten games, with three of those being free-kicks.
He is regarded as one of Ivory Coast’s best ever players, with 80 caps to his name as well as 16 goals. Both his club and his country play him in the defensive midfield role, which is his best position by far.
When he wins the ball back with a good tackle, he brings the ball forward to start an attack. He is defensive minded as well as attacking minded, proving why he is such a good player. He can use both his right and left feet, his head and has a brilliant free-kick on him. He is strong and pacey and can pass to any position on the pitch. This is why he is the most complete player in the Premier league.
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