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Manchester City: Which striker will lead the attack?

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City have made some big signings this summer (©GettyImages)
City have made some big signings this summer (©GettyImages).

Manchester City are no strangers to handling world-class strikers.

Since becoming one of the game's richest sides, City have had a wealth of quality upfront and have had firepower in abundance.

The likes of Carlos Tevez, Mario Balotelli and Sergio Aguero have all braced the Etihad faithful and scored vital goals for the Manchester side.

Prolific forward play was key to City's championship winning season after silencing neighbours Manchester United in the 2011/12 campaign.

Balotelli, Tevez, Aguero and Dzeko all featured that season under Mancini, and now under Pellegrini City look to have produced yet another world-class front-line. But who will spearhead the Chilean's offensive line?

With the likes of Dzeko and Aguero still in the City ranks and new additions of elegant Spaniard Alvaro Negredo and Montenegrin magician Stevan Jovetic set to take the Etihad by storm, Pellegrini has a huge decision on his hands: who will be City main man?

Sergio Aguero

The Argentinian sharpshooter was Manchester City's main forward last campaign alongside fellow Argentina international Tevez. Aguero was prolific in front of goal, as well as producing a fantastic service for his fellow team-mates.

Aguero arrived at City in the summer of 2011/12 and was at the heart of City's title-winning season. Combined with the likes of David Silva and Samir Nasri, Aguero really shone and proved worthy of his £40m price tag.

Under Mancini, Aguero was a fantastic player proving crucial to the success of the Manchester-based team; his performances kept world-class strikers Dzeko and Balotelli out of the City line-up and the Argentine magician emulated his Atletico Madrid form the earned him the big-money move.

Aguero looks set for another successful season, this time under the management of Pellegrini. The new boss has spoke of his admiration of Aguero's performances and is said to be a huge admirer of his little Argentine.

Aguero looks to be favourite for a starting spot in Pellegrini's new look City team, but this time round he has a lot more competition with Jovetic, Negredo and Dzeko all contending for a first-team spot.

Aguero is a proven goalscorer as well as a fantastic technical ability, flair combined with pace and strength makes enables Aguero to be one of Europe's hottest properties and he will be a serious contender for a starting spot under Pellegrini.

Edin Dzeko

Dzeko has always been an outsider for City since his £27m move from Bundesliga outfit Wolfsburg, but when given the change the Bosnian forward has proven himself to be a fantastic ability.

He is a prolific goalscorer and a great leader for club and country. City looked set to sell their man to raise funds for fresh attacking approaches but the speculation caused Chilean boss Pellegrini to speak out and announce that Dzeko is a huge part of his plans at the Etihad Stadium.

Pellegrini seems to be a huge admirer of Dzeko, who looks set to play a big part in City's attempts to regain the Premier League title this time around.

Dzeko was nothing more than a bit-part player under Mancini but Pellegrini looks set to offer the Bosnia & Herzegovina man a higher role within his club.

Dzeko is a huge presence on the pitch and has great ability, he is a fantastic talent as well as a key man in the dressing room.

Given the chance and Dzeko could run the City front line perfectly, he is a proven goalscorer and a great leader of men. With the service he would receive from the likes of Silva, Nasri and Toure, Dzeko looks set to emulate the form he shown at Wolfsburg.

Alvaro Negredo

City new boy Negredo is an elegant character, showing his class for Sevilla last term which earned him a big-money move to City and the Spaniard looks set for the new challenge of the Premier League.

Despite being a big lad, Negredo is fantastic with his feet as well as his head. He is a huge presence and is useful in the air as well as on the floor.

Negredo's £24m move from La Liga shows how much Pellegrini admires the Spaniard's ability and the Chilean feels that Negredo will bring something different to the City attacking front-line.

As well as being useful in the air, Negredo also has flair in his game; he can beat defenders for fun on his day, and with technical expertise he looks ready to set the Premier League alight.

Negredo has been a household name in Spanish football for several years but now he has taken another step up in his career he looks set to announce himself on the European stage.

Bringing Negredo in to the City ranks looks to be a healthy move from Pellegrini and the Spaniard will bring a different dimension to the City offensive line.

Given the chance, Negredo could be destined for huge things in the English game.

Stevan Jovetic

The Montenegrin superstar completed his £23m pound move from Serie A outfit Fiorentina little over a week ago and is already the name on fans lips.

Jovetic, who has been a major force in the Italian game for consecutive seasons, has earned himself the step up his career needed as he looks set to take the Premier League by storm.

Jovetic has fantastic ability, combining pace with strength and adding the goals that will make him a fantastic European presence within the City ranks.

City fended off interest from Real Madrid and Arsenal to land their man and Pellegrini will love having Jovetic in his side.

The Montenegrin can operate either down the middle or on either flank making him a very versatile character. Competition is what City need and Jovetic is up their with the best.

Given the chance and Jovetic will fulfil his huge potential and become a major European threat. Stevan can terrorise defences with his flair and technical ability as well as pop up with a crucial assist or goal when his team really needs it.

Jovetic will become City' talisman in the 2013/14 campaign and combined with the offensive ability already at Pellegrini' disposal, Jovetic looks set to spearhead the offensive sector of the Etihad.

 

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Premier League
Sergio Aguero
Edin Dzeko
Stevan Jovetic
Football
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