Manchester City have splashed cash bringing in summer recruits. After capturing Fernandinho, Jesus Navas, Stevan Jovetic and Alvaro Negredo.
City payed about €25 million for Negredo. Pellegrini will be hoping on playing Edin Dzeko and Alvaro Negredo up-front in the upcoming season.
The question is – Can a Dzeko/Negredo Partnership work?
Negredo is a strong prolific striker, his finishing was one of the best in the Spanish La liga. The former Sevilla forward netted an impressive 25 goals last season with 6 Copa del Rey goals totaling 31 goals.
A number of Manchester City supporters have expressed their unease via social media websites at their club spending such a lofty amount on a 27-year-old striker who they believe to be remarkably similar to Dzeko.
However, this is simply something they need not worry about. Negredo, whilst similar to Dzeko in size and ability, is completely different in terms of movement off the ball.
Unlike Dzeko, Negredo can hold up the ball and bring midfielders into attacking moves. He is more like a ‘Zlatan Ibrahimovic’ type of player.
Negredo has a higher work rate than Dzeko, with the Spaniard willing to work hard and press when his team isn’t in possession of the ball, and when other members of his team have the ball Negredo is always looking to make a movement that will increase his chances of getting in a position to score.
Dzeko, on the other hand, whilst you can’t fault his work ethic on most occasions, struggles with the pace of the Premier League and is not given the same time to hold a position and wait for the ball to be played into him that he was afforded in the
A Negredo/Dzeko partnership could well prove to be fruitful for Manchester City, with the hard work of Negredo no doubt complementing the technical ability and positioning of Dzeko.