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City Set For Striker Reshuffle

Budding blogger, Blue Lad Scragg sent us the following...

As the transfer window is almost underway Manchester City are constantly being linked with a number of new forwards, but who do you think we'll keep from our current strike force to play alongside our potential new arrivals in a 'Striker Shuffle' system.


1 - First to Jô, the forgotten man in City terms. This time last year he signed with huge anticipation in his £19m move from CSKA Moscow, only to get us all dreaming for the next big thing. But sadly and surprisingly it was not to be. He has failed to nail down a spot after only 14 City starting appearances. Oh and I forgot to say, his goal ratio is just over one in every four. I've seen worse, but a player valued at £19m, well...

During his initial stay he looked lazy and uninterested so the club quite rightly shipped him out on loan to Everton, in an effort to sharpen him up, although to his credit he scored five in 11 starts. By all accounts he was unpopular with the Everton fans - don't know why?

He wants to stay on Merseyside but Everton are reluctant to buy him on a permanent basis simply because the Toffee's can't afford him. In the last few days Fulham has shown an interest, which in theory could see the Brazilian leave on another loan deal.

Verdict: Loan

Felipe Caicedo

2 - Next is Felipe Caicedo who, if we believe any of the tabloid rumours has turned down a bid from Sporting Lisbon. But, we do forget sometimes that Caicedo is only 20. He has bags of potential and his scoring record reflects that with a return of eight goals this season. However, one of his weaknesses is that he can often look uninterested and fails to put himself about enough for such a big lad.

Verdict: Remain at Eastlands.

Daniel Sturridge

3 - Where do I start with 'silly boy' Daniel Sturridge? I have written several articles on the lad, and even I feel as though I'm beginning to run out of descriptive words for such a promising player. He is extremely stupid to even think about demanding £75,000 a week, but I guess that's up to him.

Verdict: Off to either Chelsea or West Ham.

Ched Evans

4 - Surprisingly, Man City turned down a £1.5m bid for the Welshman from believe it or not, Sheffield United. This surprised me somewhat as I thought fellow countryman Mark Hughes would accept any realistic offers.

Yes, he does work hard, and yes he is your natural lump it up to him forward, but he just doesn't possess the quality and skill we are looking for. Sad really but that's football.

Verdict: I think he'll stay and become a regular reserve.

Valeri Bojinov

5 - In my opinion the injury ridden striker has the drive and the ability to succeed. I really do hope we keep hold of him as he has an awful lot to offer.

Verdict: More than likely he'll be Italy bound before the end of the transfer window.

Let us know what you think by adding your thoughts in the comments section directly below this article, or by visiting our City Chat forum.

Blue Lad Scragg's blog can be found here

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Writer: Blue Lad Scragg  Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday June 17 2009

Time: 10:07PM

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I actually agree with all the possible outcomes above. Boj is injury prone, jo doesnt fit in, sturridge is an idiot and evans may stay - but should leave also. Judging by the transfer rumours, it seems like hughes is trying to have attacking options that would make the top4 envy us. Eto/forlan, tevez, santa cruz with bellamy 4th choice looks like weapons of mass distruction.
enzo city
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18/06/2009 00:07:00

We do indeed need weapons of mass goalscoring. Strikers who score goals like breathing... Last season it has to be said the hottest property in the Premiership was Anelka. Fact. Keegan was apparently a muggins to buy him for £13.5M. hey, you can't buy a Right Back for that now. Whether we gwt the Galactico or not... I have a hope that City will buy not Roque Santa Cruz -- but Peter Crouch to lead the line with Bellamy/Tevez. Please God save me but that's what I think we should do.
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18/06/2009 01:43:00

Good article BLS, can't say I agree with all your verdicts, but time will tell.
Buzz Lightyear
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18/06/2009 06:47:00

If Etto,RSC and Tevez signs for city there is no room for any of the strikers mentioned above to get a start. possibly all the players might leave but personally i feel Bojinov owes at least a season for city.Highly rated star once even compared with Rooney is yet to prove his worth in PL
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18/06/2009 14:44:00

We don't need a reshuffle, just a new pack of cards, the old ones are marked. I can see few survivors getting a look in if Eto'o and Tevez can be captured. Bellamy will still get games... But I think Bojinov must be patient and realise we can't take any more chances with him. It isn't City's fault that he has such crushing injuries.
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