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Yaya Toure came in for a bit of stick for his first-half performance against Sunderland, so what a difference 45 minutes make.
The midfield powerhouse scored a stunning equaliser and was a colossus in the second half as Manchester City went on to win the Capital One Cup.
His display has prompted Jamie Redknapp to base his column in the Mail on the best foreign players to have played in the Premier League.
And Redknapp has admitted Toure has forced his way into a list he last produced in 2008.
In his column, Redknapp wrote:
Yaya Toure is a freak of nature. It feels wrong that he is so big and yet he can have such nimble, happy feet. He has the skill of Iniesta and Xavi, but the force and power of a racehorse.
I don’t think I have ever seen another player like him. He is such a wonderful talent. He can bulldoze his way through an opponent or pass and move around him.
These days, he is stronger going forward, scores goals (17 in all competitions for his club this season and 13 in the Barclays Premier League) and glides past midfielders and defenders. He looks like he is loving his advanced role and relishing his football.
After his game-changing goal at Wembley, I was asked to re-examine my list of the best foreign imports in the Premier League era - and to see if big Yaya could force his way in.
Toure made it in at No. 8, and you can view the rest of Redknapp’s list here.