Friday 9 December 2016

How did Yaya Toure fare against Burnley?

Published 26/11/2016 | 14:51

Yaya Toure was selective with his sprints, but drove for space when it opened up in the final third and he was still going at the final whistle
Yaya Toure was selective with his sprints, but drove for space when it opened up in the final third and he was still going at the final whistle

Yaya Toure made a headline-grabbing return from his Manchester City exile last weekend. Here, Press Association Sport tracks how the Ivorian fared in his second game back at Burnley.

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SHARPNESS

Whether it was a greasy surface affected by morning frost, the wrong footwear or just a result of his time away from competitive football, Yaya struggled to keep his balance in the opening stages and slipped on a couple of occasions on the ball.

Yaya was also in the vicinity when Dean Marney's belting volley put Burnley in front and could probably have made himself more of a distraction had he been quicker off the mark.

He picked up the pace as the game went on and started to have a greater emphasis on City's attacking play.

GOAL THREAT

After netting twice against Crystal Palace, Toure had chances to showcase his knack in front of goal but could not quite get it right.

In the first half he shot high, shot wide and took a heavy touch before getting his effort away.

In the second half, he received the ball in a good position after effecting a clever dummy but when he went down under a full-blooded challenge there was little interest in his penalty appeal.

WORK-RATE

Even in his younger days, Yaya never painted himself as a tireless midfield engine. That is partly down to a laconic running style that belies how much ground his long strides can cover with seemingly minimal effort.

He did not bust a gut to get back into defensive areas, but with Fernando and Fernandinho operating behind him that was not really his brief. Yaya was selective with his sprints, but drove for space when it opened up in the final third and he was still going at the final whistle.

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