Roberto Mancini has decided to give up on a player he admits is ‘like a son’ by giving Mario Balotelli a chance to get his career back on track with AC Milan in his native Italy. While questions have to be asked about where exactly AC Milan have found the money to buy the Italian international the more pressing issue is whether Manchester City decide to use the cash to replace him in the striking department. If you are to take the words of Roberto Mancini on Tuesday then you would assume that is not the case:
"We only have two days and it is difficult to buy a good player in this moment. It is difficult because I lost one important striker and that could be important in the next 14 games but it is important for Mario - to be back in Italy, back with his family and to play for Milan."
The rumours are that City are far more likely to dip into the market for defensive coverage after playing midfielder Javi Garcia at centre back at Loftus Road Tuesday night.
Rumours of big name signings will likely not abate until 23.01 on Thursday night; and then restart again all the way through until the summer. So do City need to replace Balotelli; or is John Guidetti ready to become the fourth striker at Eastland’s?
The idea that a team needs four frontline strikers seems to stem from Manchester United’s excellent usage of such wealthy options during Sir Alex Ferguson’s tenure. This season is no different with Robin Van Persie, Wayne Rooney, Javier Hernandez and Danny Welbeck all at Fergie’s disposal.
So could Guidetti become the Welbeck in City’s arsenal?
Sergio Aguero is their RVP; the marquee striker who seems to find the net at the most vital of moments. Meanwhile Carlos Tevez acts as the Wayne Rooney of the equation. While not always going to find the net regularly he brings so much more to the team that his inclusion is often a given. The similarities between Edin Dzeko and Javier Hernandez should be obvious; out-and-out goalscorer’s who are particulary potent coming on from the bench.
Welbeck is the young pretender; full of promise that he has shown on impressive loan spells. Guidetti excelled last season at Feyenoord and has just recovered from a mystery illness that threatened his career. Now back in full training the young Swede must take this opportunity in order to secure his long-term future at Manchester City.
Can Guidetti fill the void left by Balotelli?
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