With Man City soon to be entering the most crucial part of the season, the need for another option up front has become vital. City only have three senior strikers at the club in Sergio Aguero, Edin Dzeko and Stevan Jovetic. However, Aguero is now out until possibly February and Dzeko is also facing time on the sidelines.
18-year-old forward Jose Pozo was called upon against Leicester but the Citizens certainly need a striker with more experience in January. Whilst financial fair play has restricted City’s transfer budget this season, there still should be enough for one top quality striker. Here are four strikers City should target in January:
Swansea striker Wilfried Bony has been an excellent acquisition since singing for the Welsh side in 2013. He cost the Swans a record £12 million but has been worth every penny so far. Bony netted 16 times in the league last season and has added eight so far this season. He is big and strong who always looks a threat and a nuisance to opposing defenders. He has the ability to finish calmly under pressure or score from outside the box which makes him an asset. While he would miss around three weeks in mid-January playing in the African Nations, at just 26 he can be a long-term option for Man City. You can never know how much a player is worth in today’s market, but Bony should be available for around £20 million which would make him a viable target and solution for Man City.
PSG hitman Edinson Cavani would be a more expensive option, but a player who would guarantee goals. The 27-year-old Uruguay striker is said to be unhappy at the French champions due to having to play second fiddle to Zlatan Ibrahimovic. He cost the French side over £50 million in 2013 and has managed 23 league goals in 47 appearances. Despite this dip in form, Cavani is still an excellent striker who works hard, has tremendous pace but most importantly of all is a natural finisher. He would obviously be a great option to partner Aguero in the years to come but we will have to wait and see if City would be prepared to pay the substantial fee Cavani would demand.
Another PSG striker makes this list, this time it is the legendary Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic. He is still going strong at 33 banging in the goals in the French League and in Europe. Since joining in 2012, Ibrahimovic has scored a staggering 64 league goals in just 77 matches and 88 goals in total. He still has a goalscoring pedigree, something that he has had throughout his whole career. While he might not start every week for Man City, he certainly provides another quality option and is someone that will get you goals. Also at 33-years-old, he would probably cost between £10-15 million and the lure of ending his career in the Premier League might be something he just couldn’t turn down.
A more long-term option would be West Brom’s 21-year-old striker, Saido Berahino; the young striker has impressed a lot of people with his performances this season, scoring seven Premier League goals in 16 outings this season. Whilst his scoring has dried up as of late, Berahino is still young and learning his trade but has the potential to be a top quality striker. He looks like a natural goalscorer with tremendous finishing abilities vital to any striker. He has shown he still has a way to go but if Man City tried to sign him in January, it could save them a lot of money because his price could have doubled by this time next year.