There have been many unexpected sights in this most unusual football season, but few come close to seeing Yaya Toure in the training kit of English fourth tier side Leyton Orient.
The former Manchester City and Barcelona midfielder, most recently on the books of Chinese Super League side Qingdao Huanghai, is currently a free agent.
Unable to travel and currently based in London, Toure trained with the League Two side on Friday to maintain his fitness before he can travel abroad to continue his playing career.
Nevertheless, the sight of one of the greatest midfielders in recent years donning the kit of a League Two club and taking to the training field was enough to set tongues wagging on social media, with Orient fans stunned by the sight of Toure in action in their colours.
Many asked the club if they were going to sign the three-time Premier League winner, who has also enjoyed success in the Champions League, La Liga and African Cup of Nations, and even at 37 years old could reasonably be expected to perform well in the English lower divisions.
One bemused supporter wrote on Twitter:
“Either the Orient media team’s Photoshop skills have gone through the roof or we’ve officially entered the twilight zone.”
Another hopeful fan suggested:
“Would be so amazing if a player like that, who doesn’t need the money and could play for the pleasure of it really, on a salary in keeping with the rest of the squad, signed up with Orient.”
“Sign him up. I’m not joking”, while a fellow Orient fan asked: “What have we gotta do to get Yaya Toure to sign for the Os? I know he’s probably only there to keep his fitness up, he’s not ‘on trial’ but it’d be bloody awesome if there was a way to convince him to sign. That’d be bigger than the time we signed Peter Shilton.”
Source: News update