Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus have been hit with injuries of late.
Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has explained the reason for not signing a striker in the summer transfer window.
City have been without a nominal striker for a while now, with Gabriel Jesus missing from the start of the season while Sergio Aguero returned to the action last week after a five-month break, only for him to get injured again. The Argentine striker is set to miss out for another month however Jesus is expected to return in a week time.
Ahead of the Champions League fixture against Marseille, where City will once again play without a striker, Guardiola has said that the club considered the signing of a new centre-forward in the summer transfer window.
“Maybe, yeah – we considered it,” he said. “We thought about it, maybe another type of striker but we could not.”
“I think the club do what they can, it’s not a club that wants revenues at the end of the year, it’s what they want and what’s best for the team. Our team is young in many positions, of course we have guys with experience so young.”
The Spanish boss added that City couldn’t afford a strike in the mould of Aguero and Jesus.
“If you decide to buy a striker, it has to be a striker in the league of Gabriel and Sergio but we cannot afford it. That is the reality.”
Guardiola has tried out playing Raheem Sterling, Bernardo Silva, Riyad Mahrez and Phil Foden as a striker so far this season.
Foden replaced the injured Aguero at the start of the second half against West Ham and he went onto score the equalizer.
Man City have been off to not the best of the start, a defeat against Leicester City and two draws against Leeds United and West Ham.