Is it possible that we will start the season with 5 strikers in contention for a starting place? That would appear to be the suggestion in recent days.
Keeping all happy...and not just the strikers.
Using 3 of those in Pellegrini’s 4-3-3 come attacking 4-5-1 would keep most of those forwards reasonably happy (with the other 2 on the bench) but with our army of midfielders; it’s unavoidable that a few noses will get pushed out somewhere.
Shear class and unless injured/fatigued or dropped for tactical reasons; surely our Argentinean hero will get more starts than not.
The ‘Edin debate’ is a clear and well documented one, with most agreeing that he CAN be a very useful and dangerous striker and one, which, was used incorrectly under Roberto Mancini’s reign. Edin isn’t a back-to-goal type striker; anyone with any decent knowledge of football can see that he would thrive on the kind of service where he attacks the ball in front of goal. With the wider options now available to us in midfield supplying the ammo; this season could see a much-revitalised Bosnian...and Pellegrini seems keen for Edin to stay.
Exploding onto the scene in
for Feyenoord with a whopping 23 goals in 20
games in 2011/2012; the eternal question being asked by Blues fans is, “Can he
‘do it’ in the Premier League?” Until he is given a go we can, of course, never
answer that question. But under Pellegrini it’s odds-on that he will get his
chance this season. If he’d have stayed free of injury last season, Guidetti would
have been given his chance to play under our new Manager at Holland ; as
the Chilean wanted to take the Swedish striker from City on loan. John must
have been buzzing when he heard who Mancini’s replacement was going to be and I
for one hope he can recover from his physical setbacks and grab his chance with
both Malaga hands feet.
I was openly and very recently a little cool on Stevan and I don’t mind back-peddling a little now; admitting that I may have been a little harsh just 4 days ago. My concerning issue with the Montenegrin was that we needed to replace both Balotelli and Tevez and I just didn’t see Jovetic’s striking record being able to hold-up in the Premier League; being as he is about a 1 in 4 striker for both Partizan and Fiorentina. Even periodic viewing at his ‘best bits’ on YouTube (most of us do it I’m sure) between 6 and 24 months ago - when we were first linked with him - didn’t convince me. But the guy doesn’t seem to play as a direct, up-front striker most of the time (like the next fella on the list) and if we ARE to bring in two new strikers before the start of the season; I can see now how his trickery and creativity (as well as an ability to score too of course) in an “advanced” rather than an “out & out striker” role would prove very useful indeed.
This guy excites me. His stats suggest that he’s a late bloomer; getting better and better with each season. He didn’t break into the national side until he was 24 and being as it is, a tremendously difficult team to muscle into; 6 goals in 14 appearances for Spain is impressive in itself. And on the verge of his 28th birthday he’s about to come into his ‘peak age’ for an outfield player. Strong and direct; the Spanish striker has a crackin’ powerful and accurate shot on him. And being left-footed I can just see him being perfect for Manuel’s fluidic and changeable system; perhaps being used to ‘come in from the left’ from time to time.
So perhaps there IS a place for all 5 strikers. I can just see on occasions, for example, something like…
_____________Aguero OR Dzeko_____________
Left on the side-line
But, of course, and getting back to my point about some faces being shoved out, that line-up/formation would see Barry, Garcia, Rodwell, Sinclair, Milner, Yaya, Nasri, Guidetti (and Aguero OR Dzeko) fighting/settling for a place on the bench!
As a fan at least, that’s a nice position to see our team in, isn’t it?