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Nery Castillo can finally give Manchester City a decent strike force

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24/07/2007 14:00:00.
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Manchester City have been linked with a number of strikers in recent weeks. This is understandable given the fact that City scored the fewest goals of any team in the top flight last season, their leading scorer has been sold to Newcastle and their new owner is not afraid to spend his cash.

Rolando Bianchi has been recruited from Reggina for £8.8m - and has been scoring goals in some style in pre-season; Emile Mpenza grabbed three goals and looked quite lively in the 10 games he got towards the end of last season. But after that the forwards on offer are rather average; City may start the season with these two - although Bernado Corradi has struck up a decent understanding with Bianchi.

Vassell (£2m), Corradi, Dickov and Samaras (£6m) as individuals do not however look to be long-term Manchester City players. It could be that Bianchi will strike up an understanding with one of the striking options already at City, but if he has the money it seems more likely that Sven Goran Eriksson will buy in a partner.

Manchester City League Goal Scorers 2006/7
6 Barton (33 games) - now at Newcastle United
4 Samaras (36 games)
3 Mpenza (10 games)
3 Beasley (18 games) - on loan from PSV Eindhoven
3 Corradi (25 games)
3 Vassell (32 games)
2 Distin
1 four players
0 Dickov (16 games) and others

Last week The Times (19.07.2007) reported that Eriksson was moving for Olympiacos and Mexico forward Nery Castillo, for around £10m. A story repeated in the Daily Mirror (24.07.2007), today. Nery has been scouted by many teams over the years and was reportedly close to signing for Manchester United when he was 16, but due to work permit problems joined Olympiacos instead. Castillo is an international quality forward with 5 goals in 10 internationals - but given his size there must be misgivings about his effectiveness in England. Roque Santa Cruz (Daily Mirror, 24.07.2007) has also been linked in recent days - and he is a touch more robust.

Castillo would offer the nippy small man (5'7") to the first choice big man (Bianchi is 6'2") and both are good goal scorers with a big future in international football. Although there will be difficulties with international call ups to CONCACAF games Castillo is good enough to follow the trail blazed by Jared Borgetti at Bolton and become a truly successful Premiership forward.

If Eriksson can pair Bianchi and Castillo in attack then City have a strike force that can drive them into contention for a top six finish. Heady times at Eastlands.


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skender wolde-tsadik:

 I believe that by purchasing nery castillo head can spread the field wider and with his ball control and his ability to have breakaway speed I would say this either Man City is the smartest team in the premiership or everyone is over looking the newest sensation to the league. Nery is very smart and creative with the ball. If Man City picks him up championships will follow. Watch and see because Nery is a winner. He won the league in greece with his team.

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