The recently concluded summer transfer window might have been slightly disappointing for Manchester City as they missed out on a trio of strikers including the likes of Harry Kane, Cristiano Ronaldo, and Robert Lewandowski.
City’s insistence to replace Sergio Aguero took them to “expensive” measures as we saw the club bid 150 million pounds for Kane. In response to their bids, Spurs had decided to turn deaf as they were never interested to sell their prime asset. The Sky Blues were also in contention to sign Cristiano Ronaldo but, however, the Portuguese ace had decided to head back to rivals Manchester United.
But for now, after three Premier League matches, things start to look better for the Citizens. Their vacant no.9 spot seems to have found able candidates in the shape of Ferran Torres and Gabriel Jesus.
Barring the 1-0 loss to Tottenham on Matchday 1, the club seems to have found their groove in the final third. As a collective unit, Guardiola’s men flexed their attacking might against Norwich and Arsenal. These games witnessed some smooth attacking displays as the club hammered five goals each in both fixtures.
It would be unfair to name a single protagonist for both victories, but the performance of Ferran Torres has simply been outstanding. The Spaniard showcased his strength upfront and had often got into good positions to score goals.
Last season, the former Valencia man was not able to acquire the starting role under Pep Guardiola and was often provided game time from the bench. Although this season, things could change for Torres as the club do not have a marquee striker in their ranks and hence this situation could open the door for the 21-year-old winger.
The ongoing season will, therefore, bring a lot of opportunities for Torres as he would likely be considered for more starts and also would be expected to spearhead the City attack given the fact that there is no notable competition for the no.9 role. Perhaps, his teammate Gabriel Jesus could turn out to be his only competitor, but chances are that the Brazilian might find himself playing second fiddle as he may not be the first choice no.9 for the City boss.
All in all, the striker role at the Etihad might look like a matter of concern for a lot of fans. However, the fact that the club has bright options like Torres and Jesus at their disposal, could well be a positive sign for the English Champions.
For the betterment of City, Guardiola will have to ensure that he gets the best out of Torres this season. Currently, his side are looking to defend their league title and are also aiming to lift their maiden Champions League trophy.