Yaya Toure is this season’s true player of the year, not Luis Suarez

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Liverpool's Luis Suarez may be the PFA, FWA and FSF's player of the year but in reality he's so far failed to match Manchester City star Toure this season.

The Ivorian has been Manchester City's midfield driving force when fit, dismantling teams across the Premier League while Liverpool's controversial Uruguayan has proven to be surprisingly toothless against all but the weakest sides.

He has failed to score against any of his club's top four rivals and only managed nine goals against top half opposition compared to 21 strikes against the extended mass of relegation fodder found below 10th this year.

There hasn't really been a mid-table this season, with the league's roster split into a title race, the fight for European football and then a huge tussle over survival, with only the likes of Manchester United and maybe Southampton really looking like sides stuck in no man's land with nothing to play for.

Suarez has preyed on this imbalance, notching up plenty of goals against hopeless rather than worthy opponents, and has somehow walked away with three individual awards for his trouble. Can the football journalists, players and fans of English football really be that gullible?

After all, it's not just his tendency to go missing when his team has needed him most against their genuine rivals that puts a question mark over his credibility as a winner. Steven Gerrard may have slipped to gift Chelsea a chance to sink their title challenge but Suarez put in one of his most ineffective and petulant performances of the season against City. 

Let's not even get into his awful showing against Chelsea as Jose Mourinho parked the bus and proved that Suarez is unable to do anything against a team that can actually defend. He doesn't even match Gareth Bale, Sergio Aguero or, the man who deserved this year's fawning awards, Yaya Toure in this regard.

It's barely believable that Toure has been overlooked. Not only could he be this year's title-winner rather than Suarez but on an individual level he has scored 19 goals—just 11 less than Liverpool's striker—from midfield rather than the attacking front-line. He could yet finish the current campaign with many more too with City still to play two games before their season ends.

And while he too has scored less goals against the biggest teams—his only goal against the top four came against Arsenal—he was able to do far more to help his fellow players with his tackling, passing, assists, hard work and strength.

During matches in which things didn't quite go his way, he focused on trying to inspire his team by leading by example. As such, he has scored or assisted 25 of City's 93 Premier League goals this year.

By contrast, far too many credit the Uruguayan for Liverpool's successful season when the likes of Jordan Henderson, Philippe Coutinho and Steven Gerrard have been just as crucial. They either won the ball, created the chances or controlled the games to allow their colleague to take the glory. The tactics of Brendan Rodgers cannot be ignored either, nor the impact made by Daniel Sturridge in helping to hype up his striker partner with their inter-play.

Had Toure not been forced off the field by injury, who knows how Liverpool's 3-2 win over City would have turned out in April? David Silva's magic could well have handed the Blues a point or three had Toure been available to block Coutinho's shot or fire home one of his own. That's the kind of impact he makes every season against the biggest sides—the sort of output Suarez can only dream of.

Just like how they celebrated Pepe Reina's Golden Gloves trophies under Rafa Benitez like real legitimate trophies, Suarez's player of the year awards will be held aloft by the red half of Merseyside as achievements to boast about while another league title slips away from them. Those who didn't buy into the hype will instead look east to Manchester for the footballer who truly deserves to be crowned as this year's player of the season.

Is Yaya Toure more deserving of the Player Of The Year awards than Luis Suarez?

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