Analysis, 19 September 2012: Yaya Toure at his best for club and average for country

 

Yaya Toure, a driving force in City’s successful title-run last season, still impresses football analysts as well as fans. Once again the influential midfielder showed character in their inaugural Champions League match against Mourinho’s Real Madrid. Though the game ended in a defeat to Ronaldo and co., Yaya proved strong and decisive as he gifted the opener to Dzeko. From Barcelona where he played with icons like Xavi and Iniesta to the Etihad Stadium, Kolo’s younger brother’s intelligence and ability in the game are top-class. In addition to his defensive talent, the 29 year old combines ball playing ability, skill and strength. He scored twelve goals last season in forty-seven appearances for his club. Yet, Yaya’s fame is in large part due to his notable career in Europe, rather than his performances for the Elephants. The current African player of the year has failed to make history with the national team, so far. Some observers criticize him for an apparent lack of determination when he defends his nation’s honor. Responsible for a number of controversies in the dressing room, Yaya is said to be arrogant and undisciplined. After their nation’s cup defeat in the 2012 Nations Cup edition, the player said he might not play for the country again and would devote his time and energy to his club. Yaya later changed his mind and is still part of the Ivorian squad. Local fans expectations’ as far as he is concerned are high. His current progression and his maturity could help him meet the people’s demand as he has chances again to feature with Ivory Coast in the forthcoming continental tournament if they get past Senegal in the qualifier’s second leg next month in Dakar. The player has recorded twelve goals in sixty-four games with Ivory Coast.

 

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