A Tale of Nine Manchester City Strikers
It is no secret that Manchester City have been very active in the transfer market. However, a closer look at their recent transactions reveal that they have reinforced their attack a little too much.
Nine, that's right, nine strikers vying for the starting place and we didn't count Jo who was recently loaned out to Everton. Here, we look at the prospect of each one these nine stars?
Who will get the starting nod from Mark Hughes? Who will warm the golden benchy of Manchester City? Will multimillion pound salary keep players happy?
There is a rumour going on that Man City are fielding 2-3-5 formation, which explains why there are keen to add one striker after another. Some say that it is a masterplan of CEO Gary Cook to market the Man City brand as a " Club of Nine Goal Thriller ". Ambitious? Revolutionary? Remains to be seen next season.
Roque Santa Cruz
Signed for a meager £3.5 million Santa Cruz was one of Mark Hughes finds and favorite from his time in Blackburn. Hughes finally got hold of the star for £17.5 million.
Prospect: Poised to be a starter as a Hughes favorite but can be dropped in favor of others if he has a early sour patch.
The star Brazilian had a impressive performance in the first season with 14 goals in 31 appearances. This year, too, he will remain as one of the key players, despite the arrival of large contingent. An injury free Robinho is vital to any possible Man City success.
Prospect: Starter. Big Match Player. Provides the creative flair needed in a team. His goals will be crucial.
Though officially unconfirmed, the Togolese star will most likely be wearing light blue jersey next season. One thing is certain. He has already left Arsenal; he is weighing his options besides Man City.
As a proven goalscorer in EPL, Adebayor will give Mark Hughes team selection headaches.
Prospect: Will have to compete with Santa Cruz for the place up front.
The major reason Tevez left United was because he didn't get enough starts and was constantly overlooked in favor of Bervatov, despite impressive performance.
He is said to have been promised first team action by the manager. His strength and goal scoring prowess will be critical for the City next season.
Prospect: Starter. His consistent performance will be vital in possible city success. However, he will surely be discontented if he is used a super sub role rather than a starter. So, making him happy is going to be a test for Hughes.
The talented forward, who is also the captain of Wales, can be on his way out of the club if a suitable offer comes through. However, he will be used as a super sub if he decides to see out his contract. We have to feel sorry for him because any mid-table EPL team would love to have him.
Prospect: Will go down the pecking order. Hughes may decide to use keep as a back up for injuries and suspensions.
Described as a "great South American Talent", Caicedo never lived up to expectation. Despite a decent season last year, the arrival of big-money signings looks to force him out of the club.
Prospect: A host of clubs have stepped up their interest in him, most notably Sporting Lisbon. So, he is almost certain to leave as of now.
The talented Zimbabwean captain could be on his way back to Portsmouth where he was a fan favorite. As with Caicedo and Bellamy, he is in the radar of other EPL clubs as well. It is highly likely that he will move to these clubs to secure first team action.
Prospect: Unlikely to be in Mark Hughes plans. A loan move is likely. Stoke and Rovers are said to be interested.
The talented Bulgarian shined for Fiorentina couple of years ago which attracted Italian giants Juventus. Injuries have prevented him to shine for Man City. A fit Bojinov can be heavily involved from the Man City next season.
He is just 23 and Hughes will relish the challenge of getting the best out of highly rated Bulgarian.
The young Welshman is too young and inexperienced to play any part in Man City's mega project. A host of clubs like Sheffield United and Newcastle are interested in the striker.
Prospect: Leaving the club.