Manuel Pellegrini reckons Manchester City have the best strike force ahead of the new season, but do they really?
Manchester City deserve a lot of credit for signing their main transfer targets early in the transfer window, which allows them to gel and bond ahead of the new season.
City now have a quartet of strikers in the form of Edin Dzeko, Sergio Aguero, Stevan Jovetic and Alvaro Negredo which puts them into a very strong position before a competitive ball has even been kicked.
All four players have good knowledge and experience at the top level of European football and they all have international experience, which can only be deemed a positive for the club.
“I think so, yes, very strong. That's correct. I think we have very good strikers with Dzeko as well. They can play together or we can play one of them with Jovetic or Agüero. We have four very good strikers and that's very necessary if we want to play in the Premier League and Champions League," said Pellegrini.
The most impressive thing about City’s attacking players is that there doesn’t seem to be a weak area in any combination of two of those forwards playing together.
It’s different when looking back to the days of someone like Mario Balotelli at the football club, an undoubtedly talented forward but someone who could look just as lethargic as he could world class.
It gives Pellegrini so many different options in terms of being able to rotate and how to exploit weaknesses in the club’s opposition.
Presuming United will be able to hold onto Wayne Rooney this summer, they would have a quartet of Rooney, Robin van Persie, Javier Hernandez and Danny Welbeck which is a very strong pool of strikers.
Presuming Arsenal eventually manage to do a deal for Luis Suarez, that would give them four forwards in the form of Suarez, Olivier Giroud, Theo Walcott and Lukas Podolski.
However, the difference between City and then United and Arsenal is the fact that with United and Arsenal, there are clear combinations of players who could be deemed stronger e.g. Rooney and van Persie seems like a better combination than Hernandez and Welbeck.
City are in a position where it really doesn’t matter which combination of two strikers plays because they will always have a high quality and very intimidating strike force leading the side.
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