Pep Guardiola's incredible verdict on new £55m Man City signing

Pep Guardiola
Pep Guardiola

Manchester City's new £55m signing Jeremy Doku has won praise from manager Pep Guardiola after his starring role in the 3-1 win at West Ham United.

Doku slid beyond Alphonse Areola for his first goal for City before Silva and Haaland struck in the final 15 minutes to seal the victory.

The 21-year-old cost £55million to sign from the Ligue 1 side Rennes.

Guardiola said: "I was in Barcelona, I had the feeling that he played a little bit shy [against Fulham]. He’d just arrived, had two or three days training, with a team that won the Treble. Maybe he was a little bit in this way.

“But today, no. Use your quality as a winger. One against one, one against two; go. If you don’t have the feeling, pass back to Josko Gvardiol and play again.

“Today was from the first minute incredible, aggressive, great determination, arrived many times to the byline. Many, may good things he’s done. Really, really pleased. We thought the quality was there and today he started to prove it.

“When you buy a young player like him for many years, we have to be patient. We cannot expect, I didn’t expect the second game for City to play like he did today. The way he played today, I don’t remember from a long time ago something like that.

“There are processes that he has to learn. Always we are there to help him. At Manchester City, every player has to be [himself]. All the players here have a lot of quality.”