Saying that Yaya Toure has had a poor 2016 would be the mother of all understatements.
The twilight months of last campaign saw the midfielder panned for his blasé attitude and questionable performances. Furthermore, this season has seen the Ivorian appear just once having been practically exiled by Pep Guardiola.
Nevertheless, rather astonishingly, Toure has been selected as a nominee for the BBC African Player of the Year Award out of list consisting of just five players. It’s simply beggar belief.
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Toure is no stranger to the accolade. In fact, the 33-year-old collected the BBC’s exclusive award in both 2013 and 2015 for his dominant City displays.
In those years, his victories proved understandable. After all, 2013 had seen his imperious midfield play at its peak and 2015 saw him captain the Ivory Coast to a long awaited victory in the African Cup of Nations.
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However, given the dizzying heights from which the midfielder has fallen this season, fans have been left baffled and angry at his nomination this year.
After all, the last time Toure featured for City was in a Champions League qualifier in August. Moreover, given the Citizens’ 5-0 win in the first leg, the game couldn’t have been less important.
Nevertheless, the other players making the cut prove: Riyad Mahrez, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Sadio Mane and Andre Ayew.
Given the strong claims of the other four candidates, it’s highly doubtful that Toure will go all the way and win the award. Nevertheless, the fact he was picked in the first place has gotten under the skin of many.
Moreover, the man himself has opened the door for even further criticism with this rather baffling tweet thanking the BBC for their nomination:
Oh dear, Yaya.
Consequently, and unsurprisingly, fans have taken to Twitter to voice their utter bewilderment at the BBC’s decision.
Here are the pick of the tweets:
So there you have it, either African players need to step up their game or the BBC need to revise their selection policy. Besides, it’s a hard sell nominating a player who for a quarter of the year, despite being fully fit, hasn’t kicked a ball for his club.
Furthermore, if Toure is going to salvage his career and genuinely warrant a place on the nominees list, a City exit looks a necessity. Given Guardiola’s stubbornness, the Ivorian’s squad exile is simply set to extend.
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