95 touches, 97% pass success, Manchester City winger in fine form

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Spanish winger Jesus Navas produced another fine attacking display in Manchester City’s 1-0 victory over Crystal Palace.

The Etihad crowd have been impressed by the Spaniard’s direct style of play since he made his reported £14.9m move from Sevilla last June, and he would have endeared himself further to the Manchester City fans with today's outstanding performance against the Eagles.

His direct running, ability to hit the byline and cut inside caused Crystal Palace all sorts of problems. His performance was a striker’s dream, making a total of nine crosses, four key passes and it was the World Cup winner’s assist that led to Dzeko scoring the only goal of the game.

Manchester City is set up to get Navas into the game as much as possible, and this is paying dividends. The winger touched the ball 95 times, and totaled a 97% pass success rate through the ninety minutes - an incredible stat for a winger, given that he executed all of his six cross-field balls perfectly.

Navas isn’t shy when it comes to shooting either. He followed up his goal against Fulham with another six attempts over the last two home games, and his performance today deservedly won the Man of the Match award. Navas seems to have taken to the rigors of Premier League football quite comfortably. 

With Manchester City facing some crucial fixtures in all competitions in the coming weeks manager Manuel Pellegrini will be counting on Navas to continue his impressive attacking displays.

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