Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola hailed Jeremy Doku’s performance for victory over Bournemouth.
Doku scored one and had a hand in four other goals of the 6-1 win.
Guardiola said, “Yes, and not just the first time this season,” said Guardiola when asked if he was impressed with Doku’s contribution.
“In his first game against Fulham he was so shy, but at West Ham he started to show his incredible skills.
“He played really good there and all the games here at home he played fantastic.
“But he’s not just one against one and one against two. He surprised all of us – he’s a great footballer.
“He reads every action for exactly what he has to do. His quality is close to the box. Always we talk about that.
“Go, dribble, and go because it’s difficult to find a player today with the ability to play in small spaces and he is one of the fastest players over five metres.
“It’s incredible how he changes the rhythm in five metres. After that when he’s not able to dribble, he takes good decisions and I’m impressed by that.
“That’s why for me he’s a great, great footballer.
“Even defensively when he goes against an opponent he’s not going to be beaten easily and we are really pleased.
“He’s just 21 and Txiki again made an incredible action by bringing him here and hopefully he’s happy and he can be here for many years.
“Am I surprised? Being honest a little bit. Always we have nice expectations. He creates something for the crowd.
“When he takes the ball and goes everybody is excited, and me too.
“Something is going to happen, and it happens.”