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Can City cope without a striker?

A question that has been on many a football fans lips this summer is “Can City cope without a striker?”.

Following a failed bid for Spurs talisman Harry Kane in the summer and rejection by Cristiano Ronaldo who decided to go back to his beloved Manchester United, City find themselves with only Gabriel Jesus to lead the line.

Well, the Undrafted football writers have come together to share their opinion on the matter. so, Can City cope without a striker?

Jamie Evans

A familiar site towards the end of his City career. Should City have replaced Aguero this summer?
Image Credit: The Independent


I think City desperately need a striker. I felt they needed one last season due to the fact Sergio Aguero was always on the treatment table. 

I was amazed they didn’t sign Harry Kane this summer. Although they paid £100 million for Jack Grealish, I still thought they were going to pay for Kane. And I think they will be back in for him in January.

Although City have scored 5 goals in 2 Premier League games this season, against Norwich and Arsenal, it’s the games like the Tottenham where they lost, and Southampton last weekend where they were held 0-0, that they need a striker to just put the ball in the net, someone specifically to do that job. The false 9 system isn’t enough and Gabriel Jesus isn’t good enough to carry this City side.

Chris Juffs

Are City and Kane a match made in heaven?
Image Credit: The Telegraph


Any other season, I’d have said yes. However, with the summer signings of Cristiano Ronaldo and Romelu Lukaku, I just think City are missing a giant piece of the puzzle.

During the Aguero days, you’d see City win the tough games when they struggle to break through the opposition. A prime example being Southampton last weekend. With a strikers touch, I believe they’d have found a way of winning that game.

However, with the likes of Gabriel Jesus and Ferran Torres, they just aren’t out-and-out goalscorers. I can’t see them scoring 20 odd goals a season like Sergio Aguero would, and summer target Harry Kane would’ve been the prime example to slot into the City side.

I can’t see Manchester City winning the league without a striker this season. Simple.

Christian Obray

Ferran Torres is the go-to player for Pep’s false 9 formation.
Image Credit: Manchester City


I believe City can cope without a striker, of course, they have Jesus available to them still but outside of that, they don’t have a recognisable senior striker in the squad.

Ferran Torres has been doing a fantastic job operating as a false 9 and I think this will be the approach Pep looks to adopt going forward. 

I can see times this season where people will point to the fact that “well if we had a number 9 we would have won that game” and that could be the case, but I am also just as sure that if anybody can manage a team to success without a striker it is Pep. 

So, don’t be surprised to see City lift silverware at the end of this season, but don’t be surprised to see a top striker sign for City next summer either.

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