Yaya Toure doesn't need to score for Manchester City

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You'd think it fair to class a man who scored 20 league goals in one season as a goalscorer wouldn't you? Well, according to Yaya Toure the criticism he's received for a lack of goals this season is completely unjust.

Having fired Manchester City to the Premier League title last season, Toure has endured somewhat slow start this campaign by his usual high standards, scoring just two goals in ten appearances.

The second of those came on Saturday, with Toure netting the opening goal to help City on their way to a nervy win against a determined Aston Villa side.

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With their team having struggled to break down Villa's defence, City fans would have been relieved to see their talisman produce when it matters, despite his questionable early season form.


Last season Toure was simply unstoppable, but the fact he scored an impressive 20 league goals from central midfield has perhaps heaped pressure on him to do the same again this term

Speaking after the game, Toure said: "Sometimes people are forgetting I am a midfielder. My job is not to score all the goals. My job is to try to keep the team playing well, give the good pass.

"Now the criticism is coming because I am not scoring but, for me, to not score is normal because I am midfielder."

Last season Toure netted a number of impressive goals from set pieces, and he suggested his role as dead ball specialist aided his scoring record.

"Last year was quite open for me, I was in good positions, but I was quite lucky because I was getting free-kicks and some penalties as well."


As reigning champions, it's only natural that City's early season form is drawing attention, but Toure isn't phased by the criticism levelled at him and his teammates.

The former Barcelona man said: "For me I am one of the guys who has experience. I have played for a big side in Europe and I know what criticism is. For me it doesn't matter. If they want, they can continue."

While Toure may not be concerned by the criticism, he will hope his goal against Villa is the start of an improved run of form.

The powerful midfielder hasn't been at his best of late and City have struggled to reach the highs of last season without his midfield brilliance.

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