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City May End Up Having An Awesome Strike Force

With Manchester City on the verge of having the best strike force in the Premier League, who would you start?

Blog enthusiast Blue Lad Scragg sent us the following.

With Carlos Tevez looking very likely to join the Manchester City revolution in the next couple of days and Samuel Eto'o eyeing a possible move to Eastlands, I intend taking a look at the players Mark Hughes will have to manage next season.

The Main Forwards:


Already a cult hero and adored by City fans. He signed last August for 32.5m and quickly announced City as a major contender on the world stage. Robinho started very brightly with moments of brilliance and goals that took your breath away. But, then came the winter which was accompanied with an alleged rape allegation. With the prospect of a Crown Court trial the Brazilian lost his confidence and his appetite (totally understandable), nevertheless he carried on building a partnership with Stephen Ireland which showed its worth in the latter end of the season.

However, Robinho was prone to go AWOL which obviously frustrated the hell out of Mark Hughes. With his personal problems in the past and the threat of prison behind him I think Robinho will undoubtedly be one of the first names on the gaffers team sheet.

Chances of starting: 8/10

Roque Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz recently joined City but reports of his new club chasing the Manchester United hitman Tevez and Barcelona's world class striker Eto'o are sure to worry the Paraguayan. But the South American is regarded highly in Hughes' books and is a totally different player to any of City's other strikers.

Santa Cruz had an outstanding first season in the Premier League scoring 23 goals in 43 appearances, plus he helped out with eight assists. Unfortunately the 6"3` striker had an injury-ridden second season scoring only six hence one of the reasons why the Rovers fans wanted him out.

Chances of starting: 6.5/10

Craig Bellamy

After a good start to the season with West Ham he signed for City in January for 14m where he met up with his old Wales international coach, Hughes. Hughes knows Bellamy well and knew he could get the best out of him. Indeed, he showed promising signs in his early days inspiring the Blues and giving that extra edge to the attack. He performed exceptionally well against FC Copenhagen at home netting two spectacular goals.

Bellamy gives you that extra edge with his constant chat back, never give in attitude and that exhilarating pace. But, Bellamy found himself spending the second half of the season on the treatment table.

Although Bellamy is a very good player he concerns me as he is injury prone and has struggled with knee problems for virtually his whole career.

I really like Bellamy and I think he could be used as an impact player, for instance playing the last 30 minutes of most games. But, be sure he will fight for his place and give Robinho a real run for his money.

Chance of starting: 4/10

Carlos Tevez, if he signs

Tevez is expected to wrap up a 25m move across from the red half of Manchester on Monday and will be out to prove Alex Ferguson wrong for not showing more urgency in signing the Argentinean. Hopefully he will come out on derby day and bag the winner at The Swamp, How cool that would be.

Tevez is a similar type of player to that of Craig Bellamy but unlike the Welshman he oozes class. His attitude is brilliant and his work rate is none stop. He also seems to have a knack of coming up with vital goals, But the question is, does he score enough of them?

He will demand guarantees about his place in the starting 11 and will insist assurances of his role at the club. He stated that he wants to stay in England but ruled out a move to Liverpool due to 'sentimental reasons'.

Carlos left United because he felt unloved and wanted guaranteed, first-team football. He spent many of United's most important games sat on the bench pondering his role at the club, especially with Berbatov and Rooney ahead in the pecking order.

Chances of starting: 8/10

Samuel Eto'o, if he signs

Eto'o has apparently been offered a mouth-watering contract to join City, believed to be in the region of 250,000 a week. The European champions seem surprisingly open to selling the striker as it appears the Catalan side are eager to cash in before his contract expires next season.

Chances of staring: 9/10

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Writer: Blue Lad Scragg  Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday July 3 2009

Time: 10:04AM

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Santa Cruz will be perfect for away games when we are struggling to get behind the opposition back line. I really hope he stays fit because his first season with Blackburn was outstanding.
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03/07/2009 10:22:00

Eto'o is the clincher! He'll be the difference between Europa and Champions League football.
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03/07/2009 10:59:00

Bellamy will undoubtedly be our Super-Sub (much like the Tampons' Solskjaer was). For the rest of them it'll be whatever MH thinks will work on the day - which I hope he gets right. On a slightly wierd point, the word 'awesome' is just awesome.
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03/07/2009 11:11:00

I think that anyone who thinks the word 'awesome' is awesome, is awesome.
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03/07/2009 11:24:00

If we get the players mentioned, then we do indeed look pretty awesome, but I'd say Chelsea still shade it as Anelka and Drogba have had a full seson to get to know one another. Our strength in depth looks better than theirs (providing we sign Tevez & eto'o), but the transfer window is still open so who knows? They have the cash to out awesome us so we'll have to wait and see.
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03/07/2009 11:42:00

Blue lad scragg: interesting article. Well in this mornings daily FC Barcelona mouthpiece Sport says that Barcelona are offering to lower the transfer fee for Eto'o if we will up our bid making up the difference and pay Eto'o the signing on fee to put a swift end to the impasse. It is not a game to shaft us it is just that Barcelona cannot be seen to bow to him after all the insults his lawyer has thrown at the Barcelona management. Also, his sale is not popular (as it is not for sporting reasons) and so they can't be seen to give him away when Laporta is up for re-election next year. The signing of Eto'o is strategically important to our club and our owners. He is central to what we want to do commercially in Africa and the Arab world and, would guarantee us at least 20 goals on the pitch. His signing would give our club more credibility and pulling power than 13M of PR and Marketing ever could. We would instantly be considered attractive to A list stars. I say we agree and pay some/all the signing fee and just keep the details of the transfer undisclosed. If we want 4th we need a winner like Eto'o leading the team. According to the report Eto'o has agreed personal terms with us already and signing for us is a formality if we help sort the signing on fee issue. Otherwise he will go for nothing next year and Barcelona suspect Milans Galliani will step in then. I say again, pay the man and unveil him wearing the new kit. The latest on Villa is that Barcelona are making the bid via Bancaja (the bank that is running Valencia) rather than to Valencia direct as they feel Valencia are playing games. As for the Terry bid, don't you just love the cheek of us? lol.
City Girl
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03/07/2009 12:37:00

Like the possible lok of strike force, where the room for caceido though unless he going on loan, CG- the thought of us being cheeky in the terry bid just makes me smile from ear to ear, Chelski probably thinking HOW DARE THEY!
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04/07/2009 10:43:00

have you thought about it might not be awesome if we dont get tevez or eto'o which for me is unlikely. ?
Mike Hunt
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04/07/2009 13:18:00

Mike Hunt: Sergio Aguero is potentially a lot better than Tevez so we could go for him and that would be awesome. As for Eto'o, well there isn't really a forward of his calibre, trophy cabinet etc so that would be unfortunate not to get him. However, I still have hope for Bojinov to come good. We are still in there for both of them so let's be optimistic and spread the positive Karma. Come to City, Come to City, I am chanting as I write!
City Girl
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04/07/2009 14:27:00

Great postings City Girl well reasoned and I agree 100% on the Eto'o deal.....also agree we should be optimistic like you I am also chanting...
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04/07/2009 21:45:00


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