Although the costly, 'scattergun' approach often favoured by teams with more money than sense tends to bring around mixed results in the transfer market, Manchester City appear to have bagged themselves a real keeper in the form of Negredo.
The Spanish striker, who joined the 2011/12 Premier League champions from Sevilla in the summer, has adapted seamlessly to the demands of English top-flight football and provides the perfect muscly foil for pocket-rocket Sergio Aguero.
With Edin Dzeko increasingly looking surplus to requirements, Negredo will continue to go from strength-to-strength at the Etihad Stadium in 2014 and his form could have a huge say in the final destination of this year's Premier League crown.
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