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Five summer striker options for Manchester City

Monday 28th March 2016
There will be wholesale changes at Manchester City come the summer when Pep Guardiola arrives at the club. The Blues have stuttered this season under the management of Manuel Pellegrini and currently lie in fourth position in the Premier League.

City have had incredible defensive issues but at present they have also lacked ideas going forward and have drawn a blank in three consecutive games.

With Guardiola likely to bring in a string of signings, an area that he will surely address is in attack. Here are five possible striker options for City.

Paulo Dybala

First up is a player City targeted previously. Paulo Dybala was in demand in his Palermo days where he hit 13 goals in the 2013/14 Serie A campaign. That prompted interest from City but Juventus won the race for the Argentine. The 22-year old has excelled at the Old Lady, notching an impressive 18 goals in all competitions in his debut season with the club.

He has the skillset to thrive in a Guardiola side and would be a great addition to the City forward line.

Robert Lewandowski

It will cost a hefty sum to secure the services of Bayern Munich's Robert Lewandowski but with Guardiola joining City, anything is possible so don't rule it out. City have lacked a player in the mould of Lewandowski who brings a physical presence but is also adept technically. Alvaro Negredo showed promise in his early days at City but faded away, while Wilfried Bony has failed to supply the goals this season.

If City do want to be among Europe's elite, they may well look to break the bank for Lewandowski.

Javier Hernandez

Perhaps a slightly strange choice but Hernandez is a proven striker who scores goals wherever he goes whether that be at Manchester United, Real Madrid or his current club, Bayer Leverkusen. ‘Chicharito' wouldn't be a permanent fixture in the City side but he's someone who could be relied on if Sergio Aguero was absent – something that cannot be said for current deputy Wilfried Bony.

At Leverkusen, he has hit 14 goals in 20 appearances – evidence of his poaching abilities.

Harry Kane

Closer to home is Tottenham's Harry Kane who has been in blistering form for Spurs this season, and is the current Premier League top scorer with 21 goals. At the start of the season, he went off the boil slightly but that seems a long time ago with Kane consistently providing the goods for Mauricio Pochettino's side.

He's not exactly a penalty box merchant either, his link-up play and overall contribution there to see. The 22-year old would be a great foil for Sergio Aguero – another of the league's top strikers.

Alvaro Morata

A final option for City is Alvaro Morata. Another Juventus striker, the Spaniard caused City a plethora of problems in the Champions League this season, curling in a memorable winner to sink City in their opening group game.

Like his strike partner Dybala, he has hit the net 14 times this term. Since leaving Real Madrid, he has been in inspired form and is turning into a great striker in all senses. At 23, he's still got plenty of years ahead of him and would surely not pass up the opportunity to work with Pep Guardiola – in fact pundit Jamie Carragher has already identified Morata as one of Pep's first City signings.
Josh Lawless
Manchester City fan who enjoys a bit of pro wrestling. Have featured on the MEN, The SPORT Bible, mcfc.co.uk, The Mirror, BBC 5 Live and Ball Street.

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