Outgoing Manchester City midfielder Yaya Touré has been speaking again – and luckily this time on topics that don’t involve attacking Pep Guardiola after his explosive France Football interview in which he spoke out against the City boss.
The 35-year-old appeared on the BBC’s World Cup Daily podcast and was asked about three of his City teammates, starting with Raheem Sterling.
“He has to be more clinical,” Touré said. “He can be one of the greatest.
“He has pace, is clever and he can see. He’s a technical player, like a Spanish player. Playing close to Sergio Aguero and David Silva he has learned a lot.
“Sometimes I laugh at him missing too many goals. He just has to relax. I know he works hard.”
While he still believes Raheem has room for improvement, the Ivorian already believes right-back Kyle Walker is among the very best in his role.
“He is one of the best right-backs, with his pace and his power. He is just incredible. I remember when he was at Tottenham, I hated to go on his side because he was so quick and powerful.
“He’s best in this position, his defending and attacking are good, he’s full of energy – always up and down and he must be one of the quickest right-backs in the world.
“For me, playing Walker in the three at the back means England lose something. With his power and pace, it would be better to put him at full-back because he’s going to create more danger sooner.”
Finally, Yaya questioned the mentality of John Stones when the chips are down, but believes if the England international can develop that, he can be one of the best defenders in football.
“In the past I was used to playing with defenders who were older than me but John was younger. At the time I was playing with Lilian Thuram, Rafael Marquez and Carles Puyol and they were aggressive and more secure. The new generation of defenders can take the ball through the middle.
“A strong part of his game is heading. He’s very good at set-pieces and he’s very good with the ball. What I’m scared about with him sometimes is his level of mentality because when he made a mistake that cost him you can see it on his face.
“In football, you have to have a strong mentality and John needs that a lot. If he gets it he can be one of the greatest.”
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