Philip Billing relishing chance to go head to head with Toure
By Charlotte Bates
Last Updated: 17/02/17 11:58am
Huddersfield midfielder Philip Billing hopes to go head to head with boyhood hero Yaya Toure when Manchester City visit a sold-out John Smith's Stadium in the FA Cup.
The 33-year-old has started in both of City's FA Cup ties this season and Billing, expected to line up for Town on Saturday in the absence of three midfield team-mates, may have to pinch himself when the game kicks off.
When asked if he was looking forward to facing anyone in particular in the fifth-round tie, the 20-year-old Dane said with a smile: "Of course, Yaya Toure.
"He's been one of my idols for a long time. I've watched him in the Premier League week in, week out and it will be nice to play against him."
Toure is enjoying an Indian summer at the Etihad Stadium, having reclaimed his first-team place under Pep Guardiola following reports he was on his way out in January.
While Billing, who sustained an ankle injury in pre-season and failed to impress head coach David Wagner on his return to full fitness, has finally forced his way back into the German's plans.
"I've always watched Toure, ever since he was at Barca," the Denmark Under-19 international said. "I just think he's a really good footballer.
"He's got everything and it will be a good test to play against him. He's showing now just what he's capable of at Man City."
Town's priority this season is promotion to finally end their 45-year exile from the top flight.
However, Wagner's side, third in the Sky Bet Championship, have won 12 and lost one of their last 15 games in all competitions and Billing is not ruling out an upset.
"We've got a great chance to win this game if we go and play like we normally do because we're not near the top of the table for no reason," he added.
"We've been playing great the whole season and I'm sure we can get a positive result."