If anyone asked football fans to talk about “great footballing comebacks,” the answers most would bring up would be Manchester United vs. Bayern Munich during the Champions League final or Liverpool’s night in Istanbul vs. AC Milan.
Weirdly, Arsenal fans might point to a recent 3-3 draw with Bournemouth!
But if you were to ask any Manchester City fans you would be told stories of the following great comebacks – Paul Dickov last gasp equaliser and Nicky Weaver’s penalty heroics in the play-off final vs. Gillingham on that nail biting day at Wembley.
Not only that but with Edin Dzeko and then Sergio Aguero rescuing that first Premier League title from the jaws of defeat on that glorious day at the Etihad.
But they are team achievements, not one player single handily, to my memory, has enjoyed as much as a come back as the rejuvenated Yaya Toure is enjoying at the moment.
Banished from the Champions League squad and then being told he wouldn’t play for the first team until he apologised, Yaya’s days looked numbered at the Etihad Stadium. Even when the apology eventually arrived many a City fan thought he wouldn’t be seen in a blue shirt again – how wrong they were.
How wrong we were, in the first game after the apology Yaya returned to the starting eleven to score a brace in the 1-2 victory over Crystal Palace.
Since then, Yaya has been near on ever-present in the Blues midfield; the powerful lung-busting runs may not be what they once were, but the Ivorians eye for a pass and ability on the ball have been impressive as ever.
Even more so during the FA Cup game vs. West Ham where he has boasted a 95% pass completion rate despite often dropping into the pivot role and starting the majority of City’s attacks.
With Ilkay Gungodan out for the season, Fernandinho’s discipline causing him to sit out many games, he’s shown nerve’s of steel from the penalty spot and are as important now for Manchester City as they ever were.
Is Yaya Toure’s personally comeback a great football comeback?
Is it the comeback of the 2016/2017 season? Undeniable. And if the Ivorian inspiration can guide City to a third Premier League title, then finally he will be appreciated by all around him.