The Nigerian had missed last weekend’s 4-1 defeat to Tottenham Hotspurs but could not have wished for a better match to return than the game against Magpies. He was introduced for two assist hero David Silva in the 75th minute and nearly scored two minutes later as his left foot shot from inside the box greased the palms of Tim Krul in goal for Newcastle.

However, the real star of the encounter was Argentine forward Sergio ‘Kun’ Aguero, who notched five brilliant strikes while new record signing Kevin de Bruyne scored the other Citizens goal in the 6-1 rout.

The win takes Manchester City back to the top of the premier league log with 18 points, two points ahead of neighbours Manchester United who play Arsenal at the Emirates later today.

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