Palace and Manchester City stars topped charts in key area at the weekend

Crystal Palace and Manchester City both recorded victories at the weekend.

Crystal Palace duo Jason Puncheon and Wilfried Zaha and Manchester City’s Yaya Toure managed more successful take-ons than any other Premier League star this past weekend.

City momentarily moved back to the top of the Premier League table as they left it late to beat Swansea City 2-1 at home, Kelechi Iheanacho scoring minutes after a late Bafetimbi Gomes equaliser.

Toure was in the thick of the action throughout, driving his team forward and carrying out the sort of robust midfield display he is often renowned for at the Etihad Stadium.

  TeamTake-onsMins Played
Jason Puncheon C. Palace 5 85
Yaya Touré Man City 5 90
Wilfried Zaha C. Palace 5 90

As seen by the table provided by Opta Stats, no Premier League contributed more successful take-ons than the Ivory Coast international over the course of the weekend.

Toure has often been criticised for his declining performance levels over the past 18 months, yet his natural ability cannot be questioned and when on top form there is little stopping him.

The former Barcelona man, however, was not the only standout performer in terms of successful take-ons as Palace duo Puncheon and Zaha also managed an impressive five each.

The Eagles established their place in the top six with another victory at the weekend, downing Ronald Koeman’s Southampton 1-0 in-front of a buoyant Selhurst Park crowd.

The fact that two players both recorded five successful take-ons illustrates the trust in which boss Alan Pardew has in his players, demanding that they express themselves on the pitch.

Both forwards have been key players for Palace this season, and keeping them fit will be vital to their hopes of finishing in a European spot come the end of the season.

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