Selhurst Park

Next Game

C Palace v Man City

Monday, 06 April 2015, 20:00

Barclays Prem

Etihad Stadium

Last Game

Man City 3 - 0 W Brom

Saturday, 21 March 2015, 12:45

Barclays Prem

All strikers key - Pellegrini

Manuel Pellegrini insists all his strikers are currently on an equal footing as he ponders his Manchester City attack.

Last Updated: 17/09/13 at 09:01 Post Comment

Alvaro Negredo: Positive early signs for City

Alvaro Negredo: Positive early signs for City

Pellegrini's men travel to Stoke in the Premier League this weekend, with new signings Alvaro Negredo and Stevan Jovetic competing with Sergio Aguero and Edin Dzeko for places up front.

Between them, the four players cost City £107million and Pellegrini has no firm idea of which pairings might be the most effective.

"No, I don't know exactly," he said. "We have four important players for that combination."

Dzeko has so far been the preferred option alongside Aguero, while Jovetic is still awaiting his debut.

Negredo's performances - he has scored when coming off the bench against Cardiff and Hull - could put him in line to replace Dzeko, but Pellegrini wants both players in good form with a tough spell of fixtures ahead.

Pellegrini said: "Alvaro Negredo is always a very important option, Edin Dzeko is exactly the same.

"They are different players but they are both very good players, so the important thing is how useful both are for the team.

"They have competition always for a place but they can play together also, so they are two important players for the team.

"We have to play seven games in 21 days, so the most important thing is not the 11 that start, but the performance of each player in every game.

"All the players we have, if they give a high performance, have the option to play."

Pellegrini briefly worked with Negredo during his short spell in charge of Real Madrid four years ago, and has been impressed with the £20million summer arrival from Sevilla.

He added: "I think that in every game he played he did very well.

"He has scored in all the matches so I hope we will see the best of Negredo, that I saw in Spain for the last seven, eight years.

"He was a very young player when I was at Real Madrid.

"He started there and after that, every year, he has been a very important striker in Spain. He will be here in England also."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

S

hould have stayed because we carried him for 6.5 years. And then he has a breakthrough season, and was gone soon after. MU fans, you would be as disgusted had C Ronaldo left in 2007 and not 2009.

godof86
Is Van Persie Slipping Sadly Into The Night?

G

ood grief. Someone guessed that the form English player at the moment might be in his national side with some other players? And that's espionage? Now if they discovered that Emile Heskey was going to be in the starting line up.... at right back.... THAT would be espionage. Give it a rest Roy.

RogerRedHat
Hodgson hits out at Kane leak

H

e may get away with if Liverpool can swap the video with one of Skrtel dancing or something, but if they review the one shown on TV he's screwed.

hump3.
Skrtel denies violent conduct

Footer 365

Tottenham striker Harry Kane to make first England start in Italy

Harry Kane will make his first start for England in Tuesday night's friendly in Italy, Roy Hodgson has confirmed.

Southampton striker Graziano Pelle starts for Italy against England in Turin

Southampton striker Graziano Pelle has been handed a start for Italy in their friendly against England in Turin.

No Team GB football teams for 2016 Brazil Olympics

The FA has formally withdrawn its proposal to enter a Team GB Men’s and Women’s side at the 2016 Olympics.

Mail Box

Can Wenger Coach Young Players Anymore?

One Mailboxer wonders whether Wenger has still got ability to bring through young talent. Plus £50m for Sterling, stop being matey with footballers and Blackpool...

Forget About Flair And Play Like Greece

'Forget about flair and play like Greece' is one outsider's advice to the England national side, while an Arsenal fan wants to sell Theo Walcott to get Marco Reus.

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company