Carlos Tevez’s departure from Manchester to Turin has been new Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini’s first major decision. Was it the right one though? The Argentine striker has no doubt been a revolutionist in English football since making the move to West Ham in 2006, and after further spells at both Manchester sides, the 29 year old has decided to move on, with current Italian champions Juventus signing him for just £12 million. Where though does this leave Manchester City?
The strike force has become very limited now that Tevez has moved on, with just Sergio Aguero and Edin Dzeko the two prolific strikers in the squad. Question marks have surrounded Edin Dzeko since he came to England from Wolfsburg in January 2010; he has a decent goal to game record although many of those appearances have been off the bench. Many would therefore claim that Dzeko is an impact player and not one who can perform at the highest level for the full 90 minutes.
Sergio Aguero is a world class striker. He has the ability to terrorise defences as proved last season when he came on in the Manchester derby at Old Trafford last season and changed the game. The striker however has had consistent problems with his groins and hamstrings which restrict him playing as much as he could. If Aguero was to pick up another injury this season, then City will find themselves in a real mess.
That is unless they don’t spend in the next few weeks ahead of the new campaign. City have already splashed over £50 million pounds on the capturing of Fernandinho from Shaktar and Jesus Navas form Sevilla. City, like many clubs, have been linked with Edison Cavani, perhaps the most wanted player in the world right now. The Napoli and Uruguay talisman has a £50 Million buy-out clause in his contract which makes him too overpriced in City’s eyes. But perhaps this player is needed for City to mount a serious title challenge next season. Other possible strikers that the side could bring in are Real Madrid outcast Gonzalo Higuian and Bayern striker Mario Gomez.
Overall, this move in my eyes has hindered City’s chances to retake the Premier League this coming season unless they spend big. A top club like City needs a world class squad and they haven’t got the depth to mount a challenge if they don’t spend and bring in world class players. Say a player gets suspended and injured, the team needs a player with the same attributes and ability to come on and replace that player and City do not have that up front at the moment.
Manuel, get your cheque book out….