Kolo Toure has been a little unfortunate at Manchester City to not have been given a higher volume of chances than he’s received. Regardless, there are many reasons why they club should consider keeping him.
Experience is everything to the back four of any side looking to compete for the Premier League, Champions League and domestic trophies every year. Toure offers that in spades and it’s not something which can be easily replaced.
He’s a good defender
He’s still a very good defender which is a reason City can turn to him whenever they need to. There will be plenty of other sides that wish they can turn to Toure as a back up defender if one of their first choice centre backs picks up an injury or a suspension.
Roberto Mancini has praised the recent performances of Toure and has admitted he’s a key component of the current squad. While he’s been reluctant to talk about his future, it shows that the Italian still values Toure and has admitted he does have a role in the current side.
His basic skills as a defender are not the same as the other defensive minded players at the club. He’s a no nonsense aggressive type of defender, which is not something offered by all the other City players in the back four. He doesn’t mess around and will stick the ball in row z if that’s what the situation warrants.
His brother Yaya Toure is one of the most important players in the first team. Their chances of keeping Yaya Toure for the rest of his career could be substantially enhanced if they keep his brother at the club. It would be naïve of Yaya to throw his toys out of the pram if the club didn’t keep Kolo on, but it is a factor.
City fans, do you think the club should keep Kolo Toure?
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