Yaya Toure shouldn't be handed a new contract at Manchester City

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It's time for him to go. Not because Yaya Toure doesn't still have something to offer, but keeping him on helps nobody. 

Toure has received heavy criticism over the last two seasons with many people believing he is past his best. 

Dortmund striker Pierre-Emmerick Aubameyang pipped the former Barcelona midfielder to the African Player of the Year award in 2015 and Toure was less than impressed.


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Toure, as quoted by The Mirror, said: "It’s sad to see Africa react this way, that they don't think African achievements are important.

“I think this is what brings shame to Africa because to act in that way is indecent. But what can we do about it? Us Africans, we don’t show that Africa is important in our eyes. We favour more what’s abroad than our own continent. That is pathetic."


The criticism on Toure has been harsh, he didn't deserve the African Player of the Year award, but his weak performances aren't entirely his fault. 

A formation that seems to be in fashion these days is 4-2-3-1 and Manuel Pellegrini has occupied it for most of his tenure. Unfortunately, for the Ivorian, this system doesn't flatter him. 

He's often being labelled 'lazy', but really Toure is playing out of position. His attributes lie in bombing forward and supporting the attack. 

You can't single out one player either. It's a collective effort and most of the Manchester City team once again, don't seem motivated to win the title. The announcement of Pep Guardiola mid-way through a season certainly didn't help. 

Moreover, when the 32-year-old gets going he's very difficult to stop. The problem for him is, he leaves gaping holes behind him for the opposition to exploit. 

That's not Toure's fault it's Pellegrini's. That's why you have seen the City midfielder pushed further forward in recent weeks because it looks like the Chilean might have finally realised he doesn't suit the defensive midfielder position. 

The difficulty in playing Toure further forward, however, is that it occupies David Silva's best position. This forces the Spanish playmaker out wide, narrowing City's play and making it difficult for the Sky Blues to break teams down. 

Essentially there is only room for one of them in the team. Pellegrini however, seems to insist that he must get both players into the team.

You can probably understand why because he's on £220,000-a-week. You don't want that sort of money on the bench. 

So instead of hindering City's style to fit him in, he should be sold and Guardiola should be demanding it. 

The Bayern Munich boss also often plays the 4-2-3-1 system, so Toure won't fit his style of play either. 

Yes, he still has moments of magic, like his goal against Arsenal at the Emirates, but unless Guardiola is going to change his way of playing, it wouldn't be sensible to accommodate him. 


Not to mention he will be turning 33 in May. Even if the former Barcelona manager did change his system, Toure is almost certainly on the decline. 

His marauding runs won't be as devastating. Pellegrini has probably recognised that his career might be coming to the end, as he consistently seems to take him off before the end. 

There will surely be some takers in the summer also. Chinese clubs have been spending big sums of cash lately while a return to work under his former manager Roberto Mancini at Inter Milan has also been rumoured. 

If Toure stays another year at City, the Sky Blues will have to move him on for nothing, whereas they might get a decent sum of money this transfer window.

Not forgetting £220,000-a-week would be off the wage bill allowing Guardiola more licence to adjust his squad. 

He certainly isn't the worst player in the world, he still has qualities, especially if you play him in the right position. It's also not as if City are scrounging for cash. 

However, if it means Guardiola could tempt Paul Pogba to be his replacement, then it could be an excellent move to sell him. 

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