Manchester is alive with the excitement geared towards this weekend’s incredibly huge derby day on Sunday afternoon. Either Manchester United or Manchester City will be hoping to put some distance between each other with only six games to go after the Super Sunday clash.
For Manuel Pellegrini’s side, it is a huge make or break moment the club this season. At one stage they were challenging with Chelsea for the title, now they are trying to save that last automatic Champions League spot from their rivals.
One of their problems this campaign has been the drop in form of Yaya Toure. The Ivorian has scored eight goals in the Premier League, compared to the 20 he notched last season it has been a noticeable difference.
Regardless of Sunday’s result, City will come to a crossroads this summer. Whether to hold on to Yaya and hope he can return to his best, or decide to try and offload the 31-year-old and rebuild without him.
The way he plays makes him a difficult player for Pellegrini to use to the best of his ability this season. He is not a defensive midfield, so you need to play duo of midfielders to protect him. However, he is not a No. 10 playmaker, and you can’t play without either one of David Silva or Samir Nasri in order to give Yaya his freedom.
He has such a huge presence in the team that whenever he is one the field, the players and the ball gravitates towards him regardless if he is playing well or not.
Team like Paris Saint-Germain with Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Arsenal with Thierry Henry also experienced this.
It happens when a player is coming to the end of a phenomenal career and no one wants to believe this is perhaps the end of the road.
If City sticks with Yaya, they need to find a way to get the best out of him without sacrificing in other positions. It may be easier to just to say goodbye and build a strong unit over the summer.