Manchester City’s loss against PSG underlines the need for a striker in January

Erling Haaland-Borussia Dortmund

Manchester City suffered a 2-0 defeat against PSG away from home in the Champions League.

Although Les Parisiens would have taken home three points with the help of Lionel Messi’s winner, it was Man City who played a better game.

Pep Guardiola’s side created better chances compared to PSG and if it weren’t for their lacklustre finishing in the final third, they would have turned the game in their favour.

Football expert and former Aston Villa star, Gabby Agbonlahor, has suggested that Man City wouldn’t be better off without a striker. 

The former Villa man also stressed the need for a player like Gabriel Jesus, City’s only recognisable centre-forward and the one who scored in the win against Chelsea last week.

Agbonlahor said (h/t Manchester Evening News): “There were times when Jack [Grealish] would have the ball, or Mahrez, they are crying out for a striker to be able to hold the ball up, you know? Someone to play off and play a one-two with. He’s going to hold it up and you can get a shot off.

“It was a bit like Sterling… you play it into him and he’s not a striker. You have got Kimpembe and Marquinhos who are so strong and physically pushing him onto the floor, because it’s not his position. I felt sorry for Sterling.

“It was one of those games where Pep, maybe, tried to be a bit clever. Maybe it was a game where he didn’t play Sterling and he played Gabriel Jesus. At least he’s able to hold it up. Look at his goal against Chelsea. He holds it up with a little turn, he shoots and scores. Maybe it was a game for him to play.”

Man City’s target was to sign a top-quality striker in the summer transfer window following the departure of Sergio Aguero.

Harry Kane turned out to be the transfer priority after City splurged the cash for Jack Grealish, their record signing.

However, Tottenham were persistent in not letting their talisman Kane leave at any cost and in the end, City failed to find any breakthrough.

There have been reports about Man City’s interest in Erling Haaland as they are not interested in continuing their pursuit of the Three Lions international.