Manchester City’s failure to sign a new striker ‘costs them the title’, says Tony Cascarino after shooting a blank in draw against Southampton, stressing Pep Guardiola is missing a player who can ‘get them out of trouble’
- Manchester City struggled at home against Southampton on Saturday with a 0-0 draw
- The Premier League champions failed to take over Spurs’ Harry Kane last month
- Their lack of firepower will cost them in the title race, says Tony Cascarino
- The former Chelsea star believes a striker would ‘get them out of trouble’
Manchester City must pay for their failure to sign a new striker in the title race, according to Tony Cascarino, after they fired a blank shot in their 0-0 draw against Southampton on Saturday.
Pep Guardiola’s men have had a stuttering start to the season so far. They lost to Tottenham on opening day before winning three in a row but saw their streak stopped by the Saints at the Etihad.
City had been interested in signing Harry Kane, the Spurs forward all summer, but a deal failed to materialize.
Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola (L) will regret not signing a new striker, says Tony Cascarino (R)
The Premier League champions shot a blank against Southampton in a dull 0-0 draw
Tony Cascarino, former Millwall, Aston Villa and Chelsea star, believes the lack of guaranteed goals ‘hurts’ Premier League champions in their quest to retain the title in the league, and believes they will will regret their refusal to accommodate the high rating of Kane by Tottenham.
“We can’t really judge that until the end of the season, but I’ve always said that if you were willing to pay £100m and a little more for Harry Kane… you definitely wanted a striker,” he said. talkSport. “You think you need one because you made an offer for a striker who didn’t cross the finish line.
“The fact that you didn’t get that striker, now ‘it’s not a problem’, but it was a problem. Pep realized he needed a striker of some type and I think that will cost City the title by the end of the season.
City have largely gone without a recognized striker last season due to Sergio Aguero’s fitness issues, while Gabriel Jesus failed to show he was a worthy backup, so Guardiola often went for a false 9, with Ilkay Gundogan, Phil Foden and Riyad Mahrez instead came in with the goals.
The club have been aiming for a big-money transfer for Harry Kane all summer but have been unable to agree on terms
But this season – while City have had two 5-0 fights against Norwich and Arsenal – they have found it difficult to find the back of the net against more stubborn defences, and Cascarino feels they are missing a star striker who can ‘make the difference’ when things are tight.
“I think there will be games where a certain type of striker that can get you out of trouble, do things that not all your technically brilliant players can do, is something very basic that can make a difference in a certain type of game.
‘Yesterday [Saturday] was one of the examples that I think will happen a few times over the course of the season.
“I think it will hurt City.”
Things have not been smooth sailing for City this season – not only are they facing a fierce battle to prevent Chelsea, Manchester United and Liverpool from taking their title away from them, there has also been a tense relationship between Guardiola and his own team. supporters.
Guardiola has an uphill task to retain the title and has also had a run-up with his own supporters
After a disappointing 38,000 turnout in their Champions League win over Leipzig at the Etihad, Guardiola called for more showing up for the Southampton game, which City supporters group leader Kevin Parker called ‘unwanted’ and the former Barca boss told to ‘stick to coaching’.
Guardiola declined to apologize for his comments, saying he would consider stepping down if fans had a problem with him.
“Mr Parker should look at the comments,” Guardiola said. “I’m not going to apologize to him, absolutely not. I’m not going to apologize for what I said. I love this club, I’m part of this club, otherwise I wouldn’t be here in my sixth season.
“That’s why I’m so upset and cranky and disappointed that this guy is pretending to tell me what to say and do. I know exactly what my intentions were. If people aren’t happy with me, I’ll leave. If I have a problem with the fans, I step aside.”
Next comes a third round Carabao Cup clash against Wycombe Wanderers for City, before an epic title clash against rivals Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.