Alan Shearer hailed the performance of “unbelievable” Manchester City ace Ilkay Gundogan in the victory over Tottenham Hotspur.
The German midfielder now has 11 league goals to his name this season – all of which have come in his previous 12 outings.
Rodri opened the scoring against Tottenham from the spot after Gundogan was fouled in the area by Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg midway through the first half.
Gundogan then doubled the lead soon after the break, before bagging his second in the 66th minute – superbly assisted by goalkeeper Ederson ‘s long pass.
“He (Gundogan) is unbelievable, 11 in 12 now,” said Shearer on Match of the Day. “He’s playing in a slightly more forward role and he’s relishing that role.
“He’s so intelligent, he’s got a radar and a picture around him and you’ve got to be quick to keep up with him. Certainly, Tottenham couldn’t do that, he was too clever for them. His runs were intelligent, his give and go. When Hojbjerg realised for the penalty, it was too late, he gave him the space and he was in behind him.
“Hojbjerg has to stop himself from clattering into Gundogan there, he can’t run straight into him, he has to stop at some point, but he didn’t and without doubt it’s a penalty.
“If you watch Gundogan, he’s constantly having a little look around him. The way he spots the space and attacks it. For him to time the run for the third, to stay onside and to have the skill, technique and strength. He sits (Davinson) Sanchez down, we shouldn’t laugh but look at the way he twists him inside out. What a game he had, an unbelievable performance from him.”
City boss Pep Guardiola was full of praise for Gundogan after the match: “I said many times he could play as a striker, like a false nine, and people laughed.
“I understood why because he didn’t do it here. But he has the sense to arrive at the goal.
“(Against Spurs) it was the action for a clear penalty and after he had the quality to score the two goals. He has the tempo to arrive there. He is so good in these moments.
“He won the award for player of the month. If he keeps playing this way in February, he is going to win it again.”
The shine was taken off Gundogan’s performance somewhat when he limped off with a groin injury, which leaves him doubtful for Wednesday’s trip to Everton.