Aguero and Negredo – City’s best strike partnership?

Alvaro Negredo MCFC

Manuel Pellegrini has four top-class forwards to pick from, but the pairing that started against West Ham are staking a case for constant inclusion.

Manchester City recorded their first away win of the new season yesterday against West Ham, winning 3-1 in a confident performance.

The Hammers were on the back of a 3-0 win over Tottenham, but for the majority another giant-killing act looked unlikely against the Etihad Stadium outfit.

One of the reasons that City looked superior to their London opponents was the interchanges and link-up play between their two strikers, Sergio Aguero and Alvaro Negredo.

Despite competition for places from Stevan Jovetic and Edin Dzeko, these two appear to be leading the City charge for silverware and now Manuel Pellegrini’s first-choice strike pairing.

Of the four strikers at the Chilean’s disposal, two are generally used in the number ten role, while the other two’s attributes lend them to playing as the furthest man forward.

In the ten role, Aguero looks like a more-rounded option than Jovetic, who admittedly is talented but is still looking to find his feet in England. In truth, Aguero could play in either of the striking roles, but is most dangerous in the hole. His link-up play with the likes of Samir Nasri and David Silva is a key component of City’s attacking play.

Further forward, Pellegrini looked to be ready to have Dzeko as his number nine, but Negredo’s goalscoring form has forced the South American manager to rethink. The Spaniard has been hitting the back of the net consistently for club and country and looks to be pairing up with Aguero well.

On first sight the former Sevilla hitman can look like an out-and-out poacher; a goal machine that thinks only about scoring and not linking up with team-mates. However, against West Ham, Negredo showed a couple of deft touches, unselfishness and a willingness to try to create for Aguero as much as score himself.

Dzeko is a great back-up option as the Bosnian seems to pop up with important goals when brought into the action, but for now the Aguero-Negredo partnership seems ideal for Pellegrini to play from the start.

Jovetic’s ability will shine through once he is settled in Manchester, and as the season goes on it looks like City will pose an ever-increasing attacking threat. This is ominous for Premier League backlines, as Aguero and Negredo already look as good as any other strike force in the division.

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