Yaya Toure has been labelled Manchester City’s answer to Alan Shearer.

Newcastle caretaker manager John Carver heaped praise on the Ivorian midfielder claiming the 31-year-old has the inspirational qualities of Geordie and England legend Shearer.

Toure returned to City’s midfield for the first time since the African Cup of Nations as the Premier League champions romped to a 5-0 win against Newcastle.

And Carver believes his presence could prove pivotal in the race for the title.

“They’ve had a massive boost in Toure coming back and the signing of (Wilfried) Bony,” he said. “But Toure is like what Alan Shearer used to be for us.

“When Shearer was on the pitch he had this presence and everyone looked up to him. He was a huge leader.