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Ferran Torres was poor in Manchester City’s win against West Ham

Whilst Manchester City were able to make it 20 wins in a row in all competitions with a 2-1 win against West Ham on Saturday afternoon, the performance was not at the level City have been producing in recent weeks.

Whilst Pep Guardiola made plenty of changes from the side that beat Borussia Monchengladbach in midweek, the side that started at the Etihad looked sluggish in the first-half in particular, with West Ham deservedly levelling through Michail Antonio.

City struggled to break down David Moyes’ side, with both goals coming from defenders in Ruben Dias and John Stones, with several attacking City players arguably underperforming.

Ferran Torres, in particular, was nowhere near his best on Saturday.

As per SofaScore, the Spanish winger would earn a 6.5 match rating for his display, which was the joint-lowest of any Man City player who started the game.

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The former Valencia man was second-best against West Ham right-back Vladimir Coufal, with the Czech international earning an impressive 7.2 rating for his display, with Torres failing to track his runs forward on a number of occasions in the first half, one of which led to the equalising goal.

During his time on the pitch, Torres would complete just 23 passes, which was fewer than goalkeeper Ederson, and the joint-lowest with Sergio Aguero of any City player.

The 20-year-old was also successful in just 2/6 of his dribbles, which again emphasises that Coufal had the better of the £45 million-rated winger during his time on the pitch.

Torres also struggled to win many of his duels during the game, as he was successful in just 3/10 in total, resulting in a less than impressive 30% success rate. For comparison, City’s right-winger Riyad Mahrez would win 4/5 during his time on the pitch.

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Therefore, despite the three points being the most important thing, Torres was rarely involved at the Etihad and it seems unlikely that he will feature again soon, especially when you consider the form of Phil Foden, Bernardo Silva and Raheem Sterling in recent weeks.

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