It's a tricky conundrum the Yaya one but personally I don't believe he cannot play in a midfield two. I think our results with him playing in that position, even this season, suggests that people are overreacting by suggesting he's finished in that position. I also think that playing him as a number 10 is frankly, a nonsense with the players we have in that position. Pellegrini was wrong to start with him there yesterday, and even wronger to persevere with him playing there beyond the first 45 when it was clear that he was having minimal impact in the final third. It was noticeable to me that throughout the match Pellegrini spent a lot of time imploring Toure to push further forward.
I agree with pretty much all that. Results and performances at the start of the season would seem to suggest that he's still capable of playing in a midfield two with Fernandinho. Where he gets exposed is when the game becomes too stretched, and that's a more general issue for us, particularly in Europe.
He should never be played as a No. 10, certainly not from the start of games. Possibly towards the end if, again, the game has become more stretched, but even there he's now less effective as he doesn't seem to have that real burst of pace anymore. In general, he's not very good ahead of the ball, and never really has been. I thought it was a bit predictable yesterday that the game would pass him by in that position.
It was telling in the first half that there was one moment when he came much deeper, played a couple of short balls, and then slapped a great ball in to Fernandinho that took out their entire midfield and led to Sterling having a chance (think Jones blocked it). That's where his strength lies. And when he's not in there, we struggle to get control of the ball and to get good accurate passes into the front players. It's a bit of a conundrum, but all things being equal, I still think our best bet is to play him alongside Fernandinho with four attacking players ahead of him. Though I'd also be quite interested to see him play as the deepest of a midfield three, ideally with Fernandinho and Delph either side of him.