On the transfer deadline day, Manchester City made a decision to let their striker Alvaro Negredo go out on loan to the spanish side Valencia for the rest of the season. Negredo joined City last year, and even though he was not explosive in his scoring, there were times where his talent could have been seen. Coming down to the close of the window, no one really saw this move coming, but it is certain that Manuel Pellegrini knew what he was going as he let the striker leave the club.
There are only three “big name” strikers left at City now, and while most persons are confident that they can defend the Premier League title with only those three, others disagree. Sergio Aguero, one of the City strikers, is known to get injured every now and again, and with Steven Jovetic just starting to pick up from in the league and Edin Dzeko not as consistent, I’m not sure letting Negredo go was one of the best ideas.
Something positive that can be drawn from this situation is that, while there are only three go-to guys up front, Pellegrini will now have to entrust his youth players with more responsibility. Players such as Devante Cole, Jordi Hiwula and John Gudetti may find themselves getting a few minutes to impress the City coach. With all the talk of youth players, it would be impossible to forget that of the Nigerian trialist Kelechi Iheanacho. The young striker played impressively in the preseason catching the eye of the coach, and now that City are a little short up front, he could become a revelation once City acquire his work permit upon him turning 18 in October.
Many of the fans have mixed feelings towards Negredo leaving City at the last minute. It brings on a sense that something might not be right, but with so many versatile players and some of the best youth, it might just work out in their favor.