Manchester City have been heavily linked with signing a new striker all summer but an array of fine attacking talent means the Blues have plenty of options already at the club to help add to their trophy cabinet this season.
Tottenham and England striker Harry Kane has been a hot topic when discussing any potential new arrivals to City, in the wake of Premier League and club legend Sergio Aguero calling an end to his decorated 10-year stay at the Etihad Stadium.
There has been plenty of focus on City’s desperate need to acquire a striker, but as last season showed, Pep Guardiola’s team can sustain success even without the influence of a recognised centre-forward.
With the likes of Riyad Mahrez, Ferran Torres, Raheem Sterling and Phil Foden all showing impressive performances over the course of the 2020/21 campaign, the wide areas appear to be one of City’s strongest positions on the pitch.
Midfield quality has never been in doubt at City, with UEFA Men’s Player of the Year nominee Kevin De Bruyne still regularly performing at the highest level. Bernardo Silva, De Bruyne and Torres are all capable of dropping into the false-nine position that Pep often enjoys utilising.
With 17 goals in all competitions, Ilkay Gundogan was the top goalscorer for City last season. Add £100m midfield maestro Jack Grealish to the mix and City appear to be stacked with a host of options in the midfield and attacking areas.
Although there are questions over specifically what his best position is, Gabriel Jesus still remains, according to Guardiola, an integral part of this Manchester City side and is capable of playing down the middle or out wide if required. The Brazilian will be keen to prove that he is capable of emulating the success of Aguero as the recognised and trusted striker.
Liam Delap in the new City 2021-22 season away kit.
(Image: 2021 Manchester City FC)
With the signing of Grealish and the pursuit of Kane still in the balance, there is a growing feeling that Pep and City will look to integrate more English talent, which could perhaps open the door for Liam Delap to enter the fold. Delap scored an impressive 24 goals for City’s title-winning Under-23s side last term and has just signed a new contract with the Blues.
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Although there is a strong feeling amongst the City camp that a new striker is needed, if the club do not manage to acquire a new number nine, it will certainly not be the end of the world. The depth of attacking talent at Pep’s disposal already within the current squad will be more than capable of continuing to add to their trophy collection.
So, no striker isn’t perfect, but the depth is arguably beyond any other side in the Premier League and City will be sure to challenge on all fronts yet again.