Date: 29th December 2016 at 10:55pm
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Manchester City are represented in the latest Premier League team of the week that has been selected by BBC pundit Garth Crooks.

Actually Garth is now down as a ‘Football Analyst’ these days, a posh term for a pundit then!

The performance by Yaya Toure in the three nil victory over Hull City on Boxing Day at the KCOM Stadium was enough to earn them a place in the side alongside the other, in the opinion of the former Spurs striker anyway, most impressive performers in the topflight over the latest weekend.

I think we’ll already know ourselves, and not just based on the latest performance, why Crooks, we’ll also not argue with it, selected Toure as part of his team but explaining his choice he told the BBC.

‘The born again, leaner, fitter Yaya Toure controlled the tempo of the game against Hull. His penetrating passes split the home side open more times than I can remember. Liverpool may have James Milner when it comes to taking penalties but you can’t find a more composed or reliable spot-kick taker in a crisis than Yaya Toure. It was the Ivorian who broke the deadlock that finally helped Man City to totally subdue Hull. Meanwhile Pep Guardiola, who audaciously left Toure out on a matter of principle earlier in the season, insists that it will be tough for City to catch Chelsea. Who does he think he’s trying to kid? He may say that to us publicly but he knows that football is so unpredictable that anything is possible in a title chase. Just ask Liverpool’s Steven Gerrard.’

It’s always good to see the club represented in this way, and well played to Toure for his recognition, but the most important thing about the game was of course the three points.

Full Team:

Thibaut Courtois (Chelsea), Hector Bellerin (Arsenal), Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal), Winston Reid (West Ham), James Milner (Liverpool), Cesc Fabregas (Chelsea), Yaya Toure (Manchester City), Paul Pogba (Manchester United), Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur), Eden Hazard (Chelsea), Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Manchester United).

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