Neville Southall makes sarcastic comment about Jonjo Shelvey and Yaya Toure

Yaya Toure

Neville Southall joked about the playing styles of Jonjo Shelvey and Yaya Toure.

As Newcastle United and Manchester City were in action on Sunday, former goalkeeper Neville Southall took to Twitter to comment on the playing styles of Jonjo Shelvey and Yaya Toure.

Both teams were playing at home against their biggest rivals, as Newcastle rescued a late point against Sunderland at St. James' Park, with Aleksandar Mitrovic's header cancelling out Jermain Defoe's opener in a 1-1 draw between the two relegation-threatened North East rivals.

Later on Sunday afternoon, Manchester City's title hopes were surely put to rest after a 1-0 home defeat to Manchester United, with teenager Marcus Rashford the hero for the Red Devils with a superb first half goal.

In the midst of those fiercely-contested games, former goalkeeper Neville Southall - who racked up almost 750 appearances for Everton - took to Twitter to discuss Newcastle midfielder Jonjo Shelvey and Manchester City star Yaya Toure.

Both players are somewhat languid, and are often seen to be playing with a lack of effort as they wander around looking to get on the ball and affect the game with passes or shots, with the respective sets of fans sometimes criticising their work rate.

Southall took to Twitter to sarcastically remark that both players will be able to end their careers knowing they were pioneers of 'walking football', a comment aimed at their somewhat slow approach to the game, even though both players have enjoyed great success in doing so.

What do you think of Shelvey and Toure's playing styles?

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