Man City boss Roberto Mancini would welcome Yaya Toure boost
Sharethematch.com looks at why Roberto Mancini must convince Yaya Toure to skip the African Cup of Nations
Toure boost for City?
Things are looking up for Manchester City as it looks like they might not lose Yaya Toure to the African Cup of Nations after all.
Yaya, and big brother Kolo, helped the Ivory Coast reach the January tournament although their final qualifier in Senegal was abandoned amid some shocking crowd riots.
The tournament is coming back just a year after the last one as they switch to try and avoid clashing with the World Cup. Looking at City’s results during the tournament last season, it does not make great reading – three wins in eight and elimination from both domestic cups.
Apparently Toure is set to meet with Roberto Mancini to discuss his future – the Italian will be given a set amount of time to dissuade him from leaving – and before the finals last year, Toure spoke of his mixed emotions on leaving the boys in blue for his country.
“It’s difficult as I am very focused for City and we need all the players. I have to go because my country is going through some difficult things, but I am a little bit guilty and confused about it,” he said.
“My loyalties are divided and I do feel a little bit sad.”
Upon returning, he missed just one more league game and scored both goals in City’s 2-0 vital win at Newcastle United in the penultimate game of the season.
The 29-year-old has already weighed in with important goals this year too – scoring City’s first on their way to beating Chelsea 3-2 in the Community Shield, and also striking away at Liverpool and home to Queens Park Rangers.
The former Barcelona star has already reached 100 games in a City shirt in just over two seasons and they do not look the same team without him.
Ameobi set to star against rivals
With the Tyne-Wear derby set to grace the North-East this weekend, Newcastle will be confident Shola Ameobi will heap misery on their local rivals once again.
Ameobi has scored 73 goals for Newcastle, seven of which have come against Sunderland – a record only bettered by Geordie legend Jackie Milburn.
The 31-year-old is a man who many Magpies fans do not value simply because, aside from two games a season, he appears to offer very little.
But in a world lacking loyalty, it is refreshing to find a player who has been at the club for 17 years and yet treats every day as if it is his first.
Despite Newcastle’s ups and downs, Ameobi has remained loyal and has never caused a fuss despite almost half of his 346 appearances coming from the bench.
For those wondering what he adds to the side, he is a prime example of a team player with his ability to hold up play and his willingness to track back and defend.