During a summer of massive signings, Manchester City appear to have come out on top.
Spanish striking sensation Alvaro Negredo has been brilliant for the Citizens so far this term. Costing the Premier League favourites £16.4million from Spanish side Sevilla, Negredo has been in electrifying form for City scoring 21 goals in 31 appearances in all competitions.
At the halfway stage, he already seems like a great purchase. Negredo has surpassed Argentine Sergio Aguero (20) as the club's top scorer this season.
The 28-year-old Spaniard arrived amid a flurry of transfer activity at the Etihad last summer, along with Stevan Jovetic, Fernandinho and Negredo's compatriot Jesus Navas. But he has exceeded all expectations.
Negredo scored in his second Premier League appearance for City (a 3-2 loss away at Cardiff) and has continued to be prolific since, netting two hat-tricks this term.
Aptly named 'The Beast', Negredo stands at six foot one inch, and is an imposing figure in the final third. He is clinical in the air, composed in the box and devastating from range. His finishing is impeccable, and he has even chipped in with four assists for his teammates this term.
He stepped up to fill in for the injured Aguero and has been talismanic up front for City. His form lately has been so prolific, he may have ousted the Argentine from a definite starting spot, giving City boss Manuel Pellegrini a selection dilemma.
"For me that's not a problem," he told Sky Sports.
"It's a problem when you don't have the players to choose.
"Alvaro and Edin Dzeko are in a very good moment, it's very important for the team that Sergio comes back today and he scores in this game. We have so many games in the future we have no problem with the three." He added.
The striker's contributions have exceeded those of Chelsea's £30million signing Willian (two goals and six assists), Arsenal's £42.5million purchase Mesut Ozil (five goals and nine assists) and Manchester United's £27.5million man Marouane Fellaini.
His 21 goals, four assists and consistent good form put him up there as the best signing of the 2013 summer transfer window.
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