Ignore Man City attackers at your peril
There has been plenty of pre-season chatter about Pep Guardiola’s rotation policy, and whether Man City players are worth the risk.
While I understand these concerns, I believe we should be investing in the Sky Blues squad. The potential is too great to ignore.
Pep’s team looks like a balloon full of goals, and I want to take advantage when it pops. Sorry Brighton, but I think the balloon will pop this weekend.
So who are the main contenders? Kevin De Bruyne, Gabriel Jesus, and Sergio Aguero top my shopping list.
With 28.7% ownership, De Bruyne is the most popular by far – and I can’t argue against it.
The Belgian has been electric in pre-season, with a license to roam further forward in City’s 3-5-2 shape.
The assists look set to flow again (21 last season) for the Belgian, who is on set pieces and possesses a killer pass.
He’s arguably the most secure starter too, although I have little worries over Jesus and Aguero.
These two heavyweight strikers have had a low key pre-season, but both look set to start up front for City.
Aguero is a million dearer than Jesus, but his Premier League experience and likely penalty duties perhaps warrant the extra expense.
But I’m not so sure.
Jesus is my favoured pick at the moment, and he’s in my fantasy team, ahead of both Aguero and De Bruyne.
Granted, I’m basing this on a small selection of matches last season, but his movement impressed me so much – he always seemed to be in the right place at the right time.
The Brazilian only failed to return attacking points in one of eight matches last season, and that was when he went off injured against Bournemouth. I find this hugely encouraging for someone so new to the league.
I believe he is ahead of Aguero in the pecking order, as evidenced in pre-season.
Jesus started ahead of Aguero when City played one up front against Spurs, and Aguero was subbed off against Real Madrid when Pep reverted to one up top, leaving Jesus to lead the line.
However, I’m fully expecting Aguero to start most matches, with Jesus moving wide when City revert to a lone striker.
The other options on offer look too insecure for my liking.
Leroy Sane, who looked such a great option at the end of last season, has fallen in grace dramatically over pre-season.
Forced into a bit-part role, the young German had a 10 minute cameo against Spurs and Real Madrid, and featured at wing-back against West Ham.
It appears that he is destined to warm the timber in City’s 3-5-2, which has robbed us of a potential bargain route into the City midfield.
David Silva, Raheem Sterling and Bernardo Silva fare little better in my thinking.
All three look very susceptible to rotation, particularly Sterling and Bernardo Silva.
The Portuguese returned very late to his new club following Confederations Cup duties with Portugal, and looks set to be eased in slowly to the Premier League.