Yaya Toure Highlights Video From 2013/14 Shows His Incredible Season
In 2013/14 Yaya Toure had one of the best seasons by a midfielder in modern times and a highlights video shows just how good the former Manchester City man was.
Often the debate about the best midfielder in the Premier League era gets boiled down to Paul Scholes, Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard but Yaya Toure certainly deserves his place in the conversation.
The former City midfielder was part of three title winning sides at the Etihad and was especially integral in 2013/14 as he scored 20 goals.
10 of those came from set pieces, from 13 attempts, and his highlights reel from the title win under Manuel Pellegrini shows just how good he was.
The Ivorian's goal scoring took him above Sergio Aguero as the club's top scorer in the league that season and left him third in the Premier League overall.
Only Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge, with 21 goals, and Luis Suarez, with 31, scored more than the midfielder as part of the front three with Raheem Sterling who almost won the Reds' first title in 24 years.
As well as his goals that season Toure also provided nine assists for his teammates and had a 90% pass success rate, very impressive numbers all round.
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Toure joined City in 2010 from Barcelona for £24 million, after helping the Catalan giants win La Liga twice and the Champions League, as well as other competitions, under Pep Guardiola.
In Manchester he won the league twice and the FA Cup, scoring the only goal in the final against Stoke, as well as the winner in the semi-final against local rivals Manchester United, as well as two League Cups.
He scored 79 goals in 316 appearances for the club in all competitions and was an important member of the squad for eight years.
Despite his brilliant 2013/14 season, the relationship between the player and the club actually soured in May 2014 after an incident with a birthday cake, or lack thereof.
The player's agent claimed his client was considering leaving the club after being 'disrespected' by a lack of birthday celebrations for the former Olympiakos player.
Eventually things became fine between player and club but he was routinely mocked by opposition fans afterwards and in later years at City his relationship soured with Guardiola.
However despite the controversy Toure deserves to be mentioned as a Premier League great, even if it were only based on his one incredible season.