The Pep Guardiola era starts next season and the former Bayern Munich manager will be very busy this summer and certainly look to add to the squad who just scraped top four. Gundogan has already been announced as their first signing with plenty more players likely to be signed. Guardiola will look to strengthen many areas of the City squad which seems quite depleted . Some players will be forced to leave to save their own career, playing time especially could be limited for some players at City next season so we take a look at three players who will face the axe following Guardiola’s arrival.
1 – Yaya Toure
Yaya Toure has been crucial for City in recent seasons and has helped them win two Premier League titles and an FA Cup. Toure started to show his age this season however and has come under strong criticism for his lazy and sluggish performances and his inability to keep up with play.
His under-performing season is likely to cost Toure dearly with Guardiola almost certain to grant a departure for him this summer.
The 33-year old Ivory Coast international has been one of the best midfielder’s in Europe but his lacklustre performances have not gone unnoticed this season and his form especially was a reason for City’s struggles.
It is not all doom and gloom for Toure this season, he played 33 league games and still managed to show his quality in patches. Toure managed 1.51 key passes per 90 minutes which is still very impressive for a midfielder. Toure played as a number 10 or in a deeper role through the season for City and made 1.04 tackles which is once again impressive on the eye. Toure is great going forward and helping the attack just as much as he helps defensively playing in the two. Toure managed 0.19 assists and 0.23 goals per 90 minutes for City this season which is above average for a midfielder, especially one who has had an off season compared to recent years.
Toure signed for City in 2010 and has made 192 appearances for City scoring 54 goals but his six-year spell in England is likely to come to an end this summer with Inter Milan the likely destination.
Pep Guardiola coached Toure for Barcelona in his time with Spanish giants and it is thought his relationship with the new manager is some what sour.
The four-time African Footballer of the year left Barcelona in 2010 after Guardiola sounded Toure out of the first team. After the announcement of Guardiola’s imminent arrival, Toure’s agent Dimitry Seluk said “I think Yaya will be leaving the club” with the pairs bad relationship being widely reported.
Guardiola has already signed Ilkay Gundogan who will certainly be a starter for City, he is likely to partner Fernandinho in central midfield with the likes of Raheem Sterling, Kevin De Bruyne, David Silva all to be ahead of Toure to play behind striker Sergio Aguero.
Toure has one year left on his contract and will not be short of clubs wanting his signature this summer with Inter Milan and two Chinese clubs Shanghai SIPG and Jiangsu Suning all interested.