By Derrick Kiplagat
Manchester City kicked off their 2015-16 Premier League campaign with a dominant 3-0 win over West Bromwich Albion at the Hawthorns on Monday night. Last season’s top scorer in the Premier League Sergio Aguero was left on the bench by City boss Manuel Pellegrini, but teammates Yaya Toure who found the net twice and Vincent Kompany did the damage for the away side.
Toure opened the scoring in the ninth minute via a deflection, then fired the visitors’ second goal a quarter of an hour later before Kompany added a third with 59 minutes played from David Silva’s corner.
City began on the front foot, almost suffocating West Brom in their own half, although without ever testing goalkeeper Boaz Myhill.
When the visitors’ goal inevitably arrived, it was the first shot of the game. Toure has certainly produced more clinical finishes than this, which required a deflection off Craig Dawson, at least, to beat Myhill and roll into the far corner.
His second could not have been more contrasting. Charging through the middle, as he has done so often down the years, the Ivorian flicked a neat pass to compatriot Wilfried Bony on the edge of the box before smashing the return into Myhill’s top corner from 20 yards.
Five minutes before the break, they should have been out of sight. Raheem Sterling, who had looked comfortable in his new surroundings, then lost his composure at the crucial moment, side footing softly at Myhill having been played in by Fernandinho.
For the first time since May 2013 it was Kompany on the score sheet in the Premier League, darting to the near post to divert Silva’s in swinging corner inside an unguarded far post. If he can get back to the form he showed that season, the rest of the division should be very worried indeed.