Wilfried Bony’s pending move to Manchester City is likely to spell the end of one of the current crop of Citizens’ strikers’ Etihad careers, but which should be the most fearful of the Ivorian’s arrival?
It’s safe to assume that through offloading Alvaro Negredo in the summer, Manuel Pellegrini reckons three strikers are sufficient to compete for trophies on all fronts, but the incoming Swansea man would inflate their stocks to four.
With the wry eyes of the Financial Fair Play regulators forever fixated on the carefree spending of the Citizens, book-balancing must be on the Chilean coach’s mind and shedding an attacking asset in January remains plausible.
Sergio Aguero, probably the finest forward currently practicing in the Premier League, needn’t worry, leaving Stevan Jovetic and Edin Dzeko to scrap for their sky blue futures.
To determine the asset the Premier League champions should consider the most valuable, a statistical investigation has been undertaken.
Both have made the same number of top-flight appearances this term, though the superior output comes courtesy of the Montenegrin sharpshooter.
Having spent the bulk of his maiden campaign with Man City on the injury list, the former Fiorentina frontman has demonstrated his considerable talent this term, firing five goals and laying on two more in the league.
With 1.2 key passes and just 1.3 dispossessions per game averages, Jovetic is clearly better with the ball too.
Dzeko concedes possession at a rate of 2.4 times per outing and is too one-dimensional to work as effectively alongside Aguero or Bony as his 25-year-old counterpart.
Increased versatility and creativity means Jovetic would be an equally dangerous playing behind either of the pair, a position the Bosnian battering ram could not threaten the opposition from.
Similar to Bony, but not quite as lethal, it seems Dzeko is now in a worse situation at Man City than he was when Roberto Mancini was in charge, making the 11/10 that he departs the club before February 3rd a fantastic bet.