Sam Allardyce may not have been able to take Everton to Europe this season but he seems determined to do so in the upcoming campaign. He is looking to add some quality to his first team and has been linked with some of the finest stars in Europe.
One such name, exciting many fans is Yaya Toure.
Toure Wants To Stay In England
Speaking to M.E.N recently, Pep Guardiola revealed that Toure’s time at Etihad has come to an end and that “He will not stay next season,”. The 34-year old already has offers from China and will have an easy route to the MLS with City’s sister club New York City FC, but reports suggest that Toure believes that he has a lot more to offer to the Premier League.
The story claims that Toure’s family is settled in the North West and that he does not want to leave England any time soon. And Everton are one of the few clubs who have shown interest in his services. He will be a free agent this summer so is he a decent coup for The Toffees?
Toure And His Legacy
Having played for clubs like AS Monaco and Barcelona before moving to Etihad back in 2010, Toure has two La Liga titles and a UCL title to his name even before he moved to the UK. He has three Premier League titles including the one this year and is easily one of the most respected midfielders in Europe at the moment.
Known for his technique and a keen eye for a goal, the 34-year old is a central midfielder, who loves to add numbers to attack. His dribbling and vision are right up there with the best and it is not a surprise that he was named the African Footballer of the Year for four consecutive years from 2011 to 2014.
However, Guardiola, who sent him packing from Barcelona, has not preferred Toure in the first team and has handed him three UCL starts and two League Cup starts all season. He has just nine league appearances and is no longer a long-term option for City.
But at his age, he still has a couple of years at his finest and will be a decent coup for Everton.
The Right Man For Everton?
While Toure experience will be a huge advantage for The Toffees, what he brings to the midfield of the side is even more important for Everton. He can play alongside Idrissa Gueye, Everton’s best midfielder, in a two-man midfield, adding guile and mettle to the whole side.
He may not be able to play week in week out but is a genuine match-winning option to have in the squad and at a free transfer, is a risk worth taking.