Manchester City have a problem. Roberto Mancini's side have three strikers with a chance conversion rate of 30%, but they are 15 goals down on their goal tally after 23 games last term. So what's the issue?
David Silva has been relied upon to create most of those chances, and while being a world-class player, he can't do it all by himself. Here are two options I think would assist the Spaniard, as City bid to regain their Premier League title.
Isco - Malaga
Like Silva, Isco is a product of Valencia's youth system, working his way into the first-team as a teenager. He was sold to Malaga in 2011 for €6 million.
The 5ft 7" Spaniard has been a revelation this season in the Champions League, dominating play against the likes of Paris Saint German and attracted admiring glances from some of Europe's elite.
Isco's main attribute is his dribbling, ability to create space and wait for the right moment to slip a defence-splitting pass through the back-line. His confidence on the ball, and ability to play out wide, would fit well with Mancini's system, where he asks his midfielder's to rotate position to ensure the opponents are put on the back foot.
Isco has a £17 million buy-out clause in his contract, and with the Financial Fair Play ruling just around the corner, he doesn't come cheap. But considering he's only 20, he can be an important cog in City's Premier League ambitions for the next decade.
Christian Eriksen - Ajax
The Dane is a prodigy of the famed Ajax youth system that has produced such talents as Wesley Sneijder, Dennis Bergkamp, and current manager, Frank de Boer.
Eriksen's style of play is typical of the Dutch 'total football' approach, able to play all across the midfield, mixing fabulous technical skill with tactical acumen. Able to play quick one-touch pass and move football, switch flanks with accurate long-range passing or drive forward on his own with great dribbling skill, I think he would create a lot of chances for the City strikers.
Manchester City would have to pay a small fortune to lure the man that is widely touted as one of the best young players in the world to the Etihad Stadium, but with comparisons to current Swansea manager Michael Laudrup, I think the Dane would be worth every penny.
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