Manchester City makes the worst start to a season since Mark Hughes was sacked and Roberto Manchini took over, and also the worst start for them in front of the goal in 12 years.
The Citizens are having a goalscoring problem under Pep Guardiola this season in English Premier League. It’s such a strange sentence that it bears repeating: Pep Guardiola‘s Manchester City have a goalscoring problem.
Saturday’s 2-0 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium means that City has scored only 10 goals from their opening eight Premier League matches this season. This is near enough the same group of players that struck a record 106 goals in a single campaign in 2017-18 and followed it up with totals of 95 and 102 in the subsequent two.
As things stand, Man City has the same number of goals as Newcastle United and Brighton & Hove Albion has outscored The Sky Blues, which is quite impossible to think what we witnessed in the last few years.
They have not scored more than once in a top-flight game since losing 5-2 at home to Leicester on September 27. The football is still smooth, even in this defeat to Spurs you had the sense that they could score in an instant.
The absence of Sergio Aguero for the majority of the season through injury provides an obvious clue towards why City are misfiring. The Argentine was an unused substitute on Saturday – his return to fitness a significant boost. But he is already 33-years-old and not getting any younger with his injury concerns.
The Brazilian Gabriel Jesus hasn’t been able to live up to the occasion during the absence of Sergio Aguero, and it’s been clear that he won’t be the man for the future.
Harry Kane to Manchester City?
Pep Guardiola wants Harry Kane who was running the show on Saturday. At the age of 27, Kane is at the peak of his abilities. His performance against City was breathtaking – without scoring, he produced a complete centre-forward’s display.
England captain will remain at the top of his game for at least five more years. Although he had a fair amount of injury problems in his last couple of years.
It would be a great deal for Manchester City if they managed to pull this one. Daniel Levy would demand a pretty enormous fee for the club’s talisman – £200million is known to be the starting value. That price tag, particularly during a pandemic market, is beyond most clubs on the planet. But City, as we know, have very deep pockets.
” I’ve always said if I don’t feel we’re progressing as a team or going in the right direction, then I’m not someone to just stay there for the sake of it”
“I’m an ambitious player, I want to improve, I want to get better, I want to become one of the top, top players.”– Harry Kane previously stated his desire
But this season Tottenham Hotspurs are top of the league and they are showing promise under Jose Mourinho. It will be fascinating to see what will happen with Spurs and the future of Harry Kane.
Alternative options to Kane:
Manchester City also looking for an alternative to Harry Kane, they are in for the race of Borussia Dortmund’s Norwegian sensation Erling Braut Haaland. The 20-year-old has already scored 27 times in 29 appearances for the Bundesliga giants in all competitions, since arriving from Red Bull Salzburg in January.
Haaland has a release clause that can be triggered in 2021. Real Madrid and Manchester United are also looking to land Haaland in 2021.
Manchester City considering Benfica scoring sensation Darwin Nunez. The 21-years-old has scored just once in the league but has four Europa League goals to his name in just three games – having netted a hat-trick against Lech Poznan in a 4-2 win. Nunez joined Benfica just two months ago for £21 million, and he is already showing glimpses of his potential.
It will be the mission center-forward for Manchester City in the next summer window.
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