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The reality is that the two players in question are better than the calibre of their current club. In this instance, both are proven in the league and both have proved they can play for bigger clubs.

Something about Bony still does not convince me, nothing to do with his club though. Remy would be my preferred option of the two.

Who cares what city would do. City lost away at Villa and Cardiff last season, maybe if they were a little shrewd in certain matches last season they would have wrapped up the title with ease instead of relying on Liverpool to blow it and considerable help from us along the way.

true, but Box of Tricks sums it up for me, we are helping City's campaign and weakening ours by not strengthening in the striker department, even if we go for a second rater. Edited by nutmegsw6

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If Bony is better than Ba, then it's only marginally so. If we do go for someone like him as a back up, it begs the question, why did we sell Ba? Criminally under-used last season, and would have been a better 2nd option than either Torres or Drogba this season.

As you say, Man City have four top strikers, and they all get game time. Whilst all of them no doubt believe they should be nailed-on starters, none of them seem to be causing ructions from the bench. If a team is winning, you can usually keep everybody happy (except Torres, of course, who was famously quoted as saying that he couldn't care less if we won or lost when he wasn't playing... great "team player"!!!)

This season, after a couple of seasons without one, we finally have a striker who can lead the line... but just like the last main striker we bought, this one has suffered hamstring injuries in the past, played on while not fully recovered/fit, and has now suffered another hamstring injury. To back him up we have a 36 year old former talisman who may have the odd game-changing performance still in him, but you wouldn't want him to start 8 or 10 games in a row, and a busted flush (who was already a busted flush when we signed him) who is more likely to hit the corner flag than the back of the net from 10m out with no-one left to beat.

We used to manage to keep Drogba and Anelka happy, whilst still giving Kalou game time (who, let's not forget, often managed to get vital goals from off the bench!). Compared to what we have now, that was an embarrassment of riches.

Who thought Costa backed up by Drogba and Torres was good enough? Even if we do only play with one up front 90% of the time, whoever is leading the line must be being pushed by someone just as good. If Costa is a 9/10, then Drogba is a 6/10 with potential to sometimes be an 8/10 and Torres is a 3/10 who might rise to the dizzying heights of a 5/10. Simply not good enough.

We've put all our eggs in one basket... and the handle is already starting to come off!

Bob Singleton, we have had our fair share of run-in's over the course of a few seasons but I've probably never agreed with a post more so than this one ^ Edited by Hugh Jars 99

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http://gianlucadimarzio.com/en/calciomercato/mourinhos-helps-milans-transfer-market-but-its-still-not-enough/

Reports claim Mourinho have long-term interest in Milan's De Sciglio and El Shaarawy. We may be willing to pay Torres off to let him go permanently as some sort of favour, so we can get both in the future.

Also say we will be back for Destro but defense also a priority.

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Demba Ba was criminalyl underused last season,

Torres has been given far too many chances. That's why I'm worried Mourinho may just stick with him instead :(

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Looking at the lineup against Liverpool, City play with 2 strikers so it's easy to give 4 strikers game time because up to 3 can easily play in any given match.

We usually play with 1 so 2 top strikers and a weak 3rd isn't really a problem.

I don't really buy into this using City's strikers as a yardstick because we don't play that way. As long as we are working on bringing in a good striker for second option is fine. We definitely don't need four top ones. Excessive wages and transfer fees for a position we don't field as many bodies in.

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http://gianlucadimarzio.com/en/calciomercato/mourinhos-helps-milans-transfer-market-but-its-still-not-enough/

Reports claim Mourinho have long-term interest in Milan's De Sciglio and El Shaarawy. We may be willing to pay Torres off to let him go permanently as some sort of favour, so we can get both in the future.

Also say we will be back for Destro but defense also a priority.

First I've heard of a "long-term" interest in either of those two. And it says our "first priority" is a centreback rather than a striker? Load of nonsense.

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If Bony is better than Ba, then it's only marginally so. If we do go for someone like him as a back up, it begs the question, why did we sell Ba? Criminally under-used last season, and would have been a better 2nd option than either Torres or Drogba this season.

As you say, Man City have four top strikers, and they all get game time. Whilst all of them no doubt believe they should be nailed-on starters, none of them seem to be causing ructions from the bench. If a team is winning, you can usually keep everybody happy (except Torres, of course, who was famously quoted as saying that he couldn't care less if we won or lost when he wasn't playing... great "team player"!!!)

This season, after a couple of seasons without one, we finally have a striker who can lead the line... but just like the last main striker we bought, this one has suffered hamstring injuries in the past, played on while not fully recovered/fit, and has now suffered another hamstring injury. To back him up we have a 36 year old former talisman who may have the odd game-changing performance still in him, but you wouldn't want him to start 8 or 10 games in a row, and a busted flush (who was already a busted flush when we signed him) who is more likely to hit the corner flag than the back of the net from 10m out with no-one left to beat.

We used to manage to keep Drogba and Anelka happy, whilst still giving Kalou game time (who, let's not forget, often managed to get vital goals from off the bench!). Compared to what we have now, that was an embarrassment of riches.

Who thought Costa backed up by Drogba and Torres was good enough? Even if we do only play with one up front 90% of the time, whoever is leading the line must be being pushed by someone just as good. If Costa is a 9/10, then Drogba is a 6/10 with potential to sometimes be an 8/10 and Torres is a 3/10 who might rise to the dizzying heights of a 5/10. Simply not good enough.

We've put all our eggs in one basket... and the handle is already starting to come off!

+ 1, and your striker ratings are spot on.

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Looking at the lineup against Liverpool, City play with 2 strikers so it's easy to give 4 strikers game time because up to 3 can easily play in any given match.

We usually play with 1 so 2 top strikers and a weak 3rd isn't really a problem.

I don't really buy into this using City's strikers as a yardstick because we don't play that way. As long as we are working on bringing in a good striker for second option is fine. We definitely don't need four top ones. Excessive wages and transfer fees for a position we don't field as many bodies in.

If a team regularly plays with two up front then they need 3 top strikers plus a decent 4th choice. As it is, City have 4 top strikers, all of whom offer something different.

We play with one up top. Therefore we should have two top strikers and a decent back up. What we actually have is a top striker, an old warhorse and a busted flush.

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Sky Sports say they have spoken to Chelsea, who say Costa has a 'minor musicale injury' which they are monitoring over next few days.

Maybe not as bad as feared.

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If a team regularly plays with two up front then they need 3 top strikers plus a decent 4th choice. As it is, City have 4 top strikers, all of whom offer something different.

We play with one up top. Therefore we should have two top strikers and a decent back up. What we actually have is a top striker, an old warhorse and a busted flush.

You're not far away from a marriage proposal Bob, I don't know how well that will sit with you though.

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