Manchester City have had a very exciting transfer window so far.
After signing Brazilian defensive-midfielder Fernandinho and Spanish winger Jesus Navas, City have now moved to fill the gaps created by the departures of Carlos Tevez and Mario Balotelli.
The two replacements come in the shape of former Sevilla target man and Spanish international Alvaro Negredo, and the versatile former Fiorentina forward Stevan Jovetic. Both of these players came at a high price, but manager Manuel Pellegrini is confident they can make major contributions towards Manchester City’s hopes of reclaiming the title, and help the club advance in Europe.
There is no doubt that Negredo and Jovetic are both top class players, and Manchester City did need to add forwards, but did they need both?
Previous to acquiring Negredo and Jovetic, City had three solid strikers on their books in Sergio Aguero, Edin Dzeko, and young Swede John Guidetti. The ideal situation would have been to have four strikers, but with the Citizens' two newest signings the total now stands at five.
I find it hard to believe that five strikers will be on the squad sheet once the coming season begins, so someone has to go. It WON'T be Sergio Aguero. Any report claiming that the Argentine is leaving City for Real Madrid or Barcelona is completely fake. He has repeatedly stated his desire to stay at City, and the club simply won’t sell him. That leaves Dzeko and Guidetti as the foremost candidates to leave the club.
Perhaps most interesting is that Pellegrini has said that both of them have futures in Manchester. Only a few weeks ago Dzeko was still being rumoured with a move away. Napoli were speculated to be involved in a part-exchange deal that would have seen Edinson Cavani moving the other way, but any chance of that was scuppered when Cavani signed for PSG.
More recently the Telegraph reported Pellegrini as commenting that Dzeko: “will stay here. For me, he’s a very important player. I’m sure that he will give this year the performances to show what he can do.”
Pellegrini’s statement may well be true, but I wouldn’t be surprised if Napoli returned with an improved offer due to the money acquired from the Cavani sale. Personally I still don't think Dzeko he will leave. Sadly, that leaves the very promising John Guidetti on the outside looking in.
Multiple reports have been released concerning Pellegrini, and how highly he rates Guidetti, but the arrivals of Negredo and Jovetic seem to put that notion in jeopardy. I don’t see him playing in Manchester this season (which really kills me to say since he’s one of my favourite players). I’m hoping that a loan (not a transfer) to a Premier League side like Sunderland, who have expressed interest in signing him, would benefit him.
My fear is that any move away from City, loan or transfer, would end his hopes of ever playing a big part in Manchester City’s first team.
Along with possible departures, the team formation and starting eleven will be changed. I see Negredo’s chances of taking Dzeko’s starting spot very likely, which would push Dzeko back to his super-sub role.
Some may wonder if Dzeko and Negredo can play together, but the chances of that happening are very low. Both players aren't massively technically gifted so Aguero or Jovetic would be needed to help link up the play.
Jovetic might also find it hard to maintain a regular starting place. Although very talented, Aguero is still a class above and can do a little more.
All in all, the signings of Negredo and Jovetic should have a positive effect. Aguero and especially Dzeko will need to step up in training and on game day, to try and keep regular starting sports and get regular playing time. All five of the forwards are going to need to try that much harder in training, that much hard to improve and succeed, which can only lead to good things for the Sky Blues.
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