Savage picks out Manchester City’s key man for the season run-in

Robbie Savage highlights the importance of Manchester City’s Yaya Toure.

Former Derby County player Robbie Savage feels Manchester City’s prospects of winning trophies this season could depend on the form of midfielder Yaya Toure, the Mirror report.

The Citizens have already announced that Pep Guardiola is to replace Manuel Pellegrini this summer, yet the club are still within a chance of winning up to four trophies this season – the first time a club has been in this position at this stage in Premier League history.

Savage assesses City’s chances of winning all four titles – the Premier League League Cup, FA Cup and Champions League – as pretty slim but Pellegrini has the opportunity to end his tenure on a high.

Writing in his column for the Mirror, the former midfielder feels Toure could hold the cards for City.

“At his best, Yaya Toure is an absolute monster. Simply world class,” Savage said.

“But if Manchester City are going to give Manuel Pellegrini any trophies as a send-off before Pep Guardiola takes over at the Etihad in the summer, they will need to see plenty of the best of Toure.”

“I fancy City to progress in the Champions League after their first leg in Kiev next week, but Sunday's FA Cup fifth-round tie at Chelsea may be a different story.”

“Unless Toure is at his best, I'm picking the London Blues to sneak through.”

Toure has made 23 Premier League starts this season, scoring five goals and adding a further five assists.

The Ivory Coast international hasn’t been as influential as in years gone by, yet his talent is unquestionable and when he plays well, City tend to pick up victories.

During his five-and-a-half years as a City player, Toure has won two Premier League titles, one FA Cup and one League Cup though the real prize is to take the club far in Europe.

Pellegrini’s men face Dynamo Kiev in the knockout stages, and with a bit of luck in the draw a place in at least the semi-finals really isn’t beyond them this season.

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