The Ivorian midfielder scored one and had a huge hand in another as last season’s Premier League runners-up made the perfect start to the 2015-16 campaign with a dominant performance against the Baggies.
Toure was operating close to his best form during the first half in particular as he doubled City’s lead with a stunning finish from just outside the area and looked to be on a mission to reaffirm his status as the best central midfielder in English football.
Last season, the 32-year-old came in for a stinging criticism from the media and a transfer to Serie A to link-up with former boss Roberto Mancini at Inter Milan looked a real possibility during the summer, however, Toure committed his future to the club and his current manager has backed the powerhouse to lead City to the league title this season:
“I also think we will see the Yaya of one season ago – not last season when he had many problems,” the Chilean boss told the club’s official website.
“Yaya knows what happened last season. We had a conversation and we agreed a lot of things. I think he’s going to be a very important player for us this season,” Pellegrini added [via Star Sport].
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