Former Manchester United defender Paul Parker has branded Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure a “bad apple” following the Ivory Coast international’s tantrum over his recent treatment at the Etihad. According to Parker, City don’t need to deal with Toure’s antics following his outburst, and praised United’s cross-town rivals for being a solid squad following their recent title victory.
“The big question mark for them though has to be Yaya Toure,” Parker wrote in his column for Eurosport. ”At the end of the day, they don’t need a sour apple in the barrel. City have reached a level where they have to be bigger than any one individual and it is one player who is causing problems – he has to go.”
City have bolstered their midfield ranks in recent years with the additions of the combative Fernandinho and Javi Garcia, with Jack Rodwell a capable youthful alternative. The likes of David Silva and French international Samir Nasri also give boss Manuel Pellegrini an wealth of attacking riches in midfield, suggesting that the club could afford to offload Yaya if conditions do not improve.
Parker, who played for Manchester United in the mid 90s, states that team chemistry is imperative for the Citizens if they want to successfully defend their Premier League crown, hinting that Roberto Mancini’s controversial exit must show the importance of the atmosphere around the locker room.
“City need to do something similar because they need a happy camp,” Parker continued. “The reason why they didn’t go back-to-back the last time is because the manager upset some of the players.
“Again, City just have to look at what their neighbours did when they were successful. If Yaya Toure behaved as he did under Sir Alex he would have gone – simply as that.”
City are set to embark on a tour of the United States this summer as they compete in the Guinness International Champions Cup, where they’ll take on AC Milan, Liverpool, and Olympiacos, with a potential final match in Miami before they head back to English shores for the Community Shield against FA Cup winners Arsenal.