Since Manchester City’s 2008 takeover, the club have never resisted to shell out huge fees for world-class strikers.
This attitude has landed the club with many world class strikers.
Big name forwards such as Emmanuel Adebayor, Roque Santa Cruz, Carlos Tevez, Sergio “Kun” Aguero, and Edin Dzeko were all purchased by the Arab owned club for large fees.
This summer City looks to be in the market for a big name star again to add to an already strong group of strikers.
With the departure of the controversial Argentine Carlos Tevez, Manchester City are left with a striking force of just three, Sergio Aguero, Edin Dzeko, and John Guidetti.
Sergio Aguero, the most versatile and talented os the three has enjoyed a wonderful couple of seasons at City. The Argentine is always a handful on the pitch. His small powerful build allows him to use pace to burst into the box, and have enough agility to create opportunities for himself and others.
Edin Dzeko has had a mediocre stint with the Sky Blues. After his £27 million purchase form Wolfsburg, Dzeko has failed to capture his old form, but the ability is definitely there.
The tall Bosnian may not have the pace or touch of Aguero, but his aerial ability is good and finishing ability may be one of the best in the world. Originally thought to be on his way out, it now seems Dzeko will spend another season in Manchester and will hopefully thrive under a more target man role that new manager Manuel Pellegrini likes to play with.
The last and least known of Manchester City’s strikers is 21-year-old John Guidetti. The Swede arrived at City as a 16-year-old, making him a product of the clubs academy. Guidetti enjoyed an incredible 2011/12 with Dutch club Feyenoord, having an incredible scoring record of 20 goals in 23 games.
Guidetti’s career has slowed a bit over the last year. He was infected with a virus that almost forced his leg to be amputated. The virus sidelined him for most of the 2012/13 EPL season and was never fit enough to play for the first-team. But this coming season Guidetti will finally get his chance. His play style is similar to Dzeko’s, but even more physical and strong. He has shown that goals come easily to him, even if they don’t look magnificent he still delivers the goods.
City already have a very talented core group of strikers, but to be safe the club is in the market for one more. With City all but given up the chase for Napoli striker Edinson Cavani, Pellegrini needed some new targets.
Four strikers, that could be targeted by the Etihad club are Sevilla's Alvaro Negredo, Roma's Pablo Osvaldo, Benfica’s Oscar Cardozo, and Bayern Munich’s Mario Gomez.
These four strikers are talented, and won’t break the bank. Each one would do a great job, but most City fans would be very excited if Mario Gomez is captured. The out-of-favour German striker has tremendous goal scoring ability, netting 113 goals in 174 total appearances for Bayern, and also wouldn’t break the bank.
No matter who City purchase this transfer window, the club already has a world class strike force. Goals will be plenty and City will do their best to return to 2011/12 goal scoring tallies. This is a big year for City, the strikers (whoever they may be) will have to burden a lot of pressure, but I am confident that in the end they will deliver in emphatic fashion.
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