Manchester City are a point away from the Premier League title and Yaya Toure had a point in expressing his dissatisfaction with regards to his lack of adequate appreciation for his undoubted mercurial abilities.
After citing his African nationality as to why he had not been the subject of the personal honours his impressive displays merit, the Ivorian aired his disappointment at not being voted the PFA Player of the Year but acknowledged the "excellent" season experienced by Luis Suarez, per the Manchester City programme. Yet his sensational campaign undeniably demanded such recognition.
He is arguably the most complete midfielder in Europe, marvelling with his imposing frame, goal-scoring prowess and pace. Along with Pablo Zabaleta, he is the heart and soul of this star-studded City team, the non-stop dynamo shorn of the armband propelling Manuel Pellegrini's team towards their second league title in three years. His addition of goals to his accomplished individual game has aided his establishment as the finest midfielder in the Premier League, scoring 20 league goals with most courtesy of his new-found free-kick expertise.
His propensity to dart past several opposition players, offering penetration through his barnstorming runs, is equally impressive. The Ivorian's power compliments the elegance of David Silva and the simplicity of Fernandinho excellently, creating a balanced blend a plethora of other clubs desire. The 30 year-old has been the subject of criticism for his perceived abandonment of his defensive duties yet his significant contribution compensates for his occasional lapses of concentration.
When he sustained an adductor injury at Anfield in March, City so rued his hugely detrimental absence, deprived of his power and encouraging presence. His return from the problem and possession of match fitness for Sunday's visit of West Ham is inevitably a boost. Having failed to get his hands on the PFA trophy, he is so agonisingly close to wrapping his fingers around the Premier League's showpiece.
The target is always to win something each season and for us, the League Cup is not enough," he added. "The Premier League is always our target so we need to do a job against West Ham on Sunday and, with our fans behind us, we know we can do it again.
"We've worked so hard this year and, if we don't win, it will be a massive disappointment for us and for the fans as well. We need to see the job through."
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