Yaya Toure: Iheanacho must stay hungry

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Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure has lauded the contributions of Nigerian striker Kelechi Iheanacho after his goal against Hull City.

The 20-year-old scored City's second against the Tigers at the KCOM Stadium on Boxing Day, after the veteran Côte d'Ivoire midfielder had opened the scoring from the penalty spot six minutes prior.

"When you're young like that, you have to show your hunger," Toure said. "What I tell him all the time, even on the training ground, when you play like that you have to show up and I think today was brilliant for him.

"It was a massive goal. The important second goal gives you a lift, lets you continue the game. It made Hull attack and leave space, and the third goal came from that. It was too open.

"I think when you see all the game, especially in the first half, [Hull] didn't deserve to be at the bottom [of the table]. All teams that come here are going to suffer. Sometimes, when you lose a game, mentally you are not right but I think, after one game, they are going to be all right.

"That's why it's the toughest league in the world because, when you see how they played today, how they made it very difficult, and then we changed the tactic just to find the space and they still made it tough."