Before we handle other things on this fine Veteran’s Day here in the US, let’s go ahead and tackle the idea that The Yaya is about leave. I’ve been getting emails from a few of you and links in the comments section to various articles from around the globe, all of which are about how our beloved behemoth is Blighty bound.
The likelihood of that happening is hard to say, of course, because none of us has a conduit into the mind and soul of The Yaya, but I think we can use perspective to understand a bit more what is going on.
Now, let’s go ahead and get to the articles themselves. There’s this one from goal.com, which claims, among other things, that it’s the lack of playing time that’s getting to The Yaya.
Okay, sure, it’s playing time. There’s a rotation going and The Yaya isn’t making as many appearances as Xavi (13 as compared to 18) so that Busi can get more playing time in preparation for The Yaya and Keita’s departure in January for the African Cup of Nations. Yet comparing pure appearances is a bit speculative as The Yaya has been given a starring role during the Copa del Rey and a new midfield role against Mallorca in what turned into a 4-2 thrashing.
But rather than use Busi as a foil in their attempts to gin up the rumor mill, places like goal.com insist on suggesting that it’s Keita‘s increased number of appearances that is keeping The Yaya on the bench. Keita, of course, is “stealing” his minutes, that jerk:
After penning a deal in the summer, Toure has played only a handful of games for the European champions this term as Seydou Keita has risen to prominence at Camp Nou.
Comparing like-for-like, of course, would never occur to rumor-mongers, so they find the detail that best fits their idea of what is going on and make it fit the rumor they wish to circulate. Keita doesn’t play the same position as The Yaya, therefore he can’t be “stealing” minutes from him, but of course, well, let’s make it fit!
Seriously, read these articles before you get all worked up. Look at how they’re just letting the rumors go. The Yaya isn’t going anywhere this year and by the end of it you’ll see that, barring injury, he’ll have as many minutes as a normal squad player. Guardiola obviously trusts him as he put him on the back line for crucial CL matches, so let the season play out and don’t worry about whether or not his agent says he wants a better deal–of course he wants a better deal and I’m actually inclined to believe that his agent, scummy as he may be, is right to ask for one. His brother, Kolo, has te right to say that he’d love to play with his brother at ManCity, so let him say that and let them talk about things while they’re on WCQ duty. And then let The Yaya point out he wins, you know, titles and things like that.
Now, if you’re those clubs being linked to him, I know that saying “ManU is interested” in Yaya’s services is like me saying “Barça are interested in acquiring Pele in his prime”–duh, no shit. He’s the best DM in the world, who wouldn’t be interested. And we’ll have to pay up if we want to keep him and so we better pay up at some point before his contract runs out.
Would I like him to get more playing time? Yes. Would I like people to stop freaking out about these rumors just as I’d like Arsenal fans to stop freaking out about the Cesc to Barça rumors? Yes. There’s no point in getting insane about them because they’re rumors. Wayne Rooney isn’t going to go to FCB for €95million.