Five ways Alvaro Negredo will make Manchester City a better team

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Manchester City are close to completing the signing of 27-year-old striker Alvaro Negredo but how will he make them a better side?

City badly needed to find some attacking support following the departure of Mario Balotelli last season and the more recent departure of Carlos Tevez to Serie A champions Juventus.

Alvaro Negredo has been drafted in and he’s a player who could have a very big and positive effect for Manuel Pellegrini as he looks to wrestle the Premier League title back to the Etihad stadium.

Here are five ways he will improve the side.

Goals

Negredo has scored a huge number of goals over the last four seasons for Sevilla, which shows a remarkable level of consistency while playing in a tough league at a very high level.

The one thing City need is a striker who they can rely on to hit the back of the net and Negredo has proven he can do just, scoring goals from a variety of different positions, set pieces and under different sets of tactics.

Experience

He has a good level of experience for a player who is still just 27-years-old.

He arrives at City having played well over 100 league games for Sevilla so he’s been playing at a high level for a long time, which gives him the experience to be able to adapt to different conditions and situations quickly.

It should also help him to become a leader to younger players at the club, looking to break into the first team and get a chance under Pellegrini.

Shots per Game

His shots per game average based on La Liga matches last season is very high at 4.2.

That may not sound like a particularly high number but it proves he has the ability to make City a more threatening team, getting his shots away in key areas, resisting the temptation to pass the ball around more, possibly giving up a good opportunity to attack the opposition goal.

Aerially

Aerially he should make City a much stronger side because he wins 3.6 aerial duels per game on average, again based on La Liga games last season.

The counter argument is that it’s easier to win aerial duels in La Liga because it’s a weaker league physically, but he improves City in this respect by giving them an extra dimension if a passing based game plan isn’t working out.

Fouls

He draws fouls in key areas of the pitch, which will help City to close in on the opposition, pinning them in their own defensive third of the pitch.

He drew 1.6 fouls per game on average last season and that could mean the difference between winning, drawing or losing a game, based on whether one of City’s talented squad can take advantage of the set piece.

How do you think Negredo will make City a better team?

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