Manchester City took a huge step towards qualification for the knockout round of the Champions League yesterday evening with a convincing 3-0 victory over Shakhtar Donetsk in Ukraine, but Gabriel Jesus once again failed to find the back of the net at the spearhead of the attack.
Centre-forward is widely regarded as the position in which confidence is king, and Jesus’ dry spell is providing a quintessential example to validate the notion right now.
The Brazil international has scored just 2 goals from 12 appearances so far this season and the overall standard of his performances are a far cry from those which have epitomised the majority of his career in Manchester.
A bitterly disappointing World Cup campaign has continued into the new season and questions are beginning to surface concerning his credentials to succeed Aguero as the club’s key talisman.
With that in mind, Guardiola should be scouting the transfer market to identify another striker who could eventually fill the void left by Aguero and offer greater potency than what Jesus currently provides.
Despite the fact he has only been plying his trade at an elite level for a matter of weeks, City should have Genoa’s Krzysztof Piatek firmly on their radar after his blistering start to the season.
Following an emphatic campaign in the Polish Ekstraklasa in which Piatek notched 21 goals from 36 appearances, Genoa capitalised on his availability in the summer and secured a deal worth just £3.5 million.
That financially shrewd decision already looks to be a masterstroke as the Poland international has continued to showcase his raw goal scoring talent in Serie A by scoring 9 goals from his first 8 appearances.
The statistic which shows Piatek has won 2.8 aerial duels per game on average this season is indicative of his commanding aerial presence, but there are plenty more strings to his bow other than his heading ability.
Piatek is a complete forward who is both intricate and intelligent with his link-up play in the final-third and, combined with his diligent attitude when seeking to recover possession, he is a player who could thrive under Guardiola’s leadership.
How Piatek builds upon his early season form will determine whether Europe’s big hitters will be enticed to sign him next summer, but if he continues to blossom at the exponential rate he is currently on there is no doubt that he should be at the very top of City’s priority list.
Genoa are unlikely to be willing to sell for anything other than an extortionate price which would guarantee them an eye-watering profit on the £3.5 million they initially paid for Piatek’s services, but it’s a price potential suitors would be wise to pay given his potential to thrive at the top level.
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