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Man City: Paycheque Or Passion?

Martyn Crompton sent Vital Manchester City the following.

After sitting in my seat for the past few years, trying my best to ignore the complaining that gets aimed at particular players, I have always wondered what us City fans actually have to complain about recently.

Not that long ago we were fighting relegation year after year. Finishing in a mediocre tenth. Mediocre in comparison to what we expect now.

As much as I used to hate those complainers, I have found myself recently becoming one of them. Not aimed at the team, not aimed at the manager, but aimed at one man in particular, Yaya Toure.

I know this article is going to come back and people will disagree with what I wrote but I can't believe I am the only one thinking this.

Now don't get me wrong - to play for the best team ever and win many things is some accomplishment but recently, it feels as though he is turning up just for the money. Pep Guardiola dropped him as soon as Sergio Busquets started to show promise and I think it is due to what I think we are starting to see from him.

All us City fans ask for are three things, Passion, commitment and if either of the two aren't there then show what you bring to the team (Mario Balotelli for example). I just can't see that Yaya Toure brings any of the three.

When the Kolo Toure drug test results came out, Yaya said, 'I don't think I can play without my brother.' Well he managed it ok with Barcelona for so long without him!

I can sit here and go on and on about this but I am trying to not turn into a hater. I mean we have had some shocking players in the past and we have always tried to back them to the hilt. I just don't see that happening for me with Toure.

If and when we start winning things, I don't see a place in the strongest Manchester City eleven for him. Let him sit on the bench and watch players play for the shirt, players like Vincent Kompany, Micah Richards, Pablo Zabaleta, James Milner, Nigel De Jong, Carlos Tevez and the recently signed David Silva.

Out of all the signings, Toure was supposed to be the one who settles the most because of his size and stature, but my personal opinion is, he is the best paid player in the league and he decides to turn up, maybe make one run every 90 minutes and get a massive wage.

Please Roberto, take him out, play Milner there, or even Vieira until Milner is back, but with Toure in our team, I can only see our other players becoming leggy and tired having to play with what seems a man down.

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Writer: Martyn Crompton Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday March 15 2011

Time: 9:10PM

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You know, after reading the headline, it is going to be very tempting for most opposition fans to just go 'paycheque' and read no further.;) Having said that, there was always a reason for Toure's departure from Barcelona that didn't have to do with Busquets being Catalan and therefore preferred for a place in the starting eleven.
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15/03/2011 21:37:00

I personally think Guardiola will be over the moon at replacing him with Mascherano
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15/03/2011 21:48:00

when i read the blog title I thought this was about a choice of a spanish or french winger. imagine my chagrin (defensive mid from guyana) when i realised how dumba (brazilian) ahdbin (morocan). the jury is still out on a few of bobby's signings for me (all of them apart from silva maybe?) We are in the wonderful position though of being able to take a punt on some of these players and seeing how it goes. yaya looks th epart one minute and looks like a spare part the next.
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15/03/2011 22:01:00

What do we have to complain about? Well, they've ruined the chicken balti pies for a start. Time to go back to the old supplier, those ones were marvellous!
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15/03/2011 22:04:00

The lad has all the attributes required to be a mean machine. When he gets going he can be unstoppable. He needs to up his work rate and tempo big time. If he can do that consistently, our midfield will be fearsome.
Johnny Baguette
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15/03/2011 22:10:00

Fair play for speaking your thoughts on Yaya are not too dissimilar from yours. I think he's lazy and passionless and he would be the first person I would drop from the team right now if I was Bobby. The thing is though, ya just know he's far better than he's showing and on that basis he should be given more time to prove himself...but drop him until he show's some proper commitment.
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15/03/2011 23:01:00

@fifthcolumnblue The peppered steak ones are luscious though... On a side note to the pies, Yaya like Silva, Balotelli, Edin, Kolarov, Boateng et al are all still settling in if you ask me. Different players from different leagues/countries settle at different rates. Form is temporary, class is permanent.
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15/03/2011 23:04:00

I Don't accept the press rubbish he is on 200,000 a week for a start. Strikers have always been the highest paid players in the history of the game since the 20 quid max wage was abolished. For me he is much better than Milner and should keep his place in the team. I would play NDJ and Ya Ya as defensive anchors in every game away from home. For me he is better as a DMF.
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16/03/2011 00:09:00

I think worse could be said about Milner. He really hasn't done anything for Manchester City. He rarely paases to a blue shirt, never beats anyone, never runs fast enough, doesn't close down, never scores. He really looks paycheque
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16/03/2011 08:17:00


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