Manchester City should turn to this Pellegrini favourite to solve striker shortage

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Manchester City have been left short up front in light of Alvaro Negredo's departure from the club.

Manchester City's title defence is off to a shaky start, with Manuel Pellegrini's side already six points behind leaders Chelsea.

There is obviously a long way to go this season, but defeats to Stoke City and West Ham United weren't in the script, whilst their Champions League campaign is already on a knife edge.

Pellegrini has been faced with a number of issues so far this season, with new centre back Eliaquim Mangala experiencing growing pains in the Premier League, whilst Yaya Toure looks like a shadow of his former self.

Yet one of City's biggest problems has been up front. Sergio Aguero may be in fine form, but Edin Dzeko has scored just twice in eight appearances, whilst Stevan Jovetic's injury problems continue to give Pellegrini headaches.

With only three recognised strikers at the club, Pellegrini's decision to let Alvaro Negredo join Valencia looks like a poor one, in hindsight. The Spaniard moved back to La Liga on deadline day in a loan deal with a to a permanent move, but with no replacement, City have been left short of options.

That was a dangerous decision with Aguero and Jovetic known for picking up knocks and niggles, and City must now sign another centre forward in the January transfer window - and Pellegrini should be looking towards one of his former players.

During his time with Malaga, Pellegrini appeared to be a huge fan of striker Jose Salomon Rondon, with the Venezuelan playing 72 games in two seasons under Pellegrini at La Rosaleda.

With Malaga's financial crisis hitting in the summer of 2012, Rondon was sold to Rubin Kazan against Pellegrini's wishes. Now with Zenit St. Petersburg after a £16m move in January 2014, the 25-year-old has hit 42 goals in 80 games since leaving Malaga, demonstrating his ability in front of goal.

Rondon is a big, physical striker who can bring many of the qualities that Negredo did, but is younger, more athletic and in great form - and having been linked with a move upon his arrival at Manchester City, now may finally be the time to reunite with Rondon, especially with good relations between City and Zenit since the sale of Javi Garcia this summer.

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