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It may not have been the greatest sign that Toure's best match so far this season came in a City loss.
Toure's 2013-14 was so awe-inspiring that some regression was to be expected. Coupled with his petulance about being underappreciated by his club, Toure was almost certainly going to disappoint somewhat as opposed to last season.
It was never supposed to be like this, though.
If not for two splendid long balls that led ultimately to goals (against Newcastle and Liverpool), this grade would be just north of passing. Toure has looked a step or two slow and/or disinterested at times. That is horrible news for City, who will achieve very little if Toure is not fully committed to the cause.
The newest central midfielder started all three matches thus far. Does that mean he is good? It is sort of tough to tell. Fernando is certainly big enough, quite a bit larger than the man whose job he took (Fernandinho). As of this writing, though, it is hard to say what Fernando's elite skill is. That's bad, right?
Is Fernandinho still exhausted or injured from his World Cup participation? Or did he simply lose his job at the end of last season from wearing down and never recapture his form from the early part of the 2013-14 season? Fernandinho was a speedy, crafty holding midfielder whose defensive instincts freed Toure up for many an offensive foray. Now Fernandinho seems restricted to a backup role. What happened?
Neither Frank Lampard nor Bruno Zuculini have played in a league match this season, so the grade for both is Incomplete.