Manchester City's Forgotten Wunderkind Striker John Guidetti

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Manchester City's Forgotten Wunderkind Striker John Guidetti
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Carlos Tévez, Manchester City's poster boy for unprofessionalism, voiced his disdain for the club again (via Jamie Sanderson at The Metro), saying: "Who can pay the transfer fee? If it was down to me then I would return to Boca tomorrow because I love Boca until I die. I’d kill to return to Boca."

Meanwhile, 21-year-old Swedish forward John Guidetti, who has been at the club since 2008, patiently bides his time. 

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Carlos Tévez caddying for Andrés Romero

Tévez has given Roberto Mancini every reason to be permanently banished to the golf course. 

Despite Tévez's insubordination, sulking on the field and not pressing like the old Tévez (averaging just 0.8 tackles per game this season), Mancini still stubbornly clings on to Carlos—much to the detriment of wunderkind striker Guidetti.

Why can't Roberto just take the plunge?

Even when he made concession after concession for Mario Balotelli, Mancini hesitated at the idea of making Mario the centerpiece of the team.  Now he is one of the best strikers in Serie A for his new team, AC Milan

With Manchester United wrapping up the Premier League title, Guidetti deserves some minutes with the first team, especially after the resilience he showed in overcoming a debilitating illness that prompted the club doctor to tell him his career was "hanging by a very thin thread."

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Super Guidetti, you make us happy, please score for Feyenoord

This is the same player that tore through an Ajax backline marshalled by Jan Vertonghen, who was the Eredivisie's best player that season, with a hat trick as a Feyenoord loanee.

Without Guidetti's first-half hat trick versus Twente, Feyenoord surely would have lost.

Vitesse trailed Feyenoord by five points when they arrived at De Kuip, but Guidetti made sure they didn't close the gap with yet another hat trick. 

If he had played the entire season for Feyenoord, he may have beaten out Bas Dost for the most Eredivisie goals scored that season. 

He has since proven his fitness with the Elite Development Squad, where he's been scoring regularly.   

 

What Does The Future Hold For John Guidetti? 

Last October, he accepted a three-year deal from City, which indicates his preference to stay at the club and how highly upper management rate him. 

Remember, his agent claimed up to 15 clubs were interested in his client's services, so Guidetti could have forced a transfer if he wanted to.  

Tévez has no long-term future at the club. 

Edin Džeko wants to be a weekly starter and is looking to return to the Bundesliga (from the Daily Mirror via Sky Sports), saying: "I love the Bundesliga and I will return to the Bundesliga. The only thing I don't know is when."

Guidetti's chances of being a consistent starter for the Sky Blues depends if they go out and buy a big-name forward like Edinson Cavani, as speculated by Stuart Brennan at the Manchester Evening News.

Guidetti finds himself in the same situation Romelu Lukaku was last season at Chelsea, where the bulky Belgian forward was lost in the shuffle. 

Lukaku went out on loan to West Bromwich Albion and has since outperformed all of the Blues' strikers. 

Should City loan Guidetti out to another Premier League club, they run the risk of watching him score more goals than their own strikers. 

Despite not even getting a look under Mancini, Guidetti's conduct so far demonstrates that he is, unlike Tévez, a consummate professional.

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