Kompany jumps to Toure defence

The Ivorian has come under fire following a series of poor performances for the Premier League champions but his captain insists the 31-year-old will come good again soon

Vincent Kompany has leapt to the defence of Manchester City team-mate Yaya Toure after criticism of the midfielder’s recent form.

Toure enjoyed a superb 2013-14 campaign, with his return of 24 goals in all competitions helping City to a Premier League and Capital One Cup double.

The Ivory Coast international has failed to match those high standards so far this term, though, with his only goal do date coming in the 7-0 rout of Sheffield Wednesday.

Toure’s commitment has also been called into question amid rumours of a falling out with City during the close-season, with the star reportedly angling for an exit after club officials failed to acknowledge his birthday.

However, Kompany insists Toure remains a talisman for Manuel Pellegrini’s side and believes it is only a matter of time before his colleague shows his class once again.

“He’s done so much for this club, he’s always played brilliantly,” the city skipper said. “He is always an important player – when he does well, the team does well.

“We’ve had a tough start because we’ve played tough teams. You can’t deny that. He has set the standards very high for himself. But to say he is not at his best, then, I don’t agree.

“It’s so early in the season to call something like this. Things will improve for everyone.”

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