Ferran Torres Might be the Striker Manchester City Needs

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Simon Stacpoole/Offside / Contributor

Manchester City remains one of the top contenders for both the English Premier League and UEFA Champions League titles this season, and despite being without a true No. 9 in its attack, the Citizens could count on a young and rising talent to lead the way. 

Ferran Torres has taking hold of the starting striker spot for Pep Guardiola's side, making the most of his early chances of the new domestic season.

The Spanish international is coming off a two-goal outing against Arsenal in a 5-0 romp on Matchday 3 of the new EPL campaign, showing fans, his manager, and his teammates that he can deliver as a starting forward for the squad. 

Sergio Aguero's departure paired with the failed transfer chases of both Harry Kane and Cristiano Ronaldo leaves Guardiola with slim options to lead his attack this season, but Torres' strong first season at the Etihad Stadium surely has benefited the 21-year-old this summer. 

"Now in this position, he [Torres] make moments like the best strikers in behind, like Jamie Vardy," Guardiola said about Torres after the Arsenal win. "He is a good finisher, he is so young. Man City made an incredible job buying him.

"He is a good finisher and had a goal disallowed last week, when the finish was perfect. I'm very pleased with his movements, work ethic, and he has learned many things as we saw today - we are pleased on many, many levels."

Torres has mainly played on the wing with both Valencia and the Spanish National Team, but now has been inserted as the main main in Guardiola's dynamic set up.

The speedy and creative forward showed off his clinical abilities in the final third with a brace against the Gunners last weekend and now heads into international duty looking to carry that confidence into the start of World Cup Qualifying. 

In 60 fewer appearances, Torres has already totaled six more goals with Manchester City than his time at Valencia, proving he has risen to the bright lights of the Premier League.

Manchester City will look to repeat as EPL winners and also earn its elusive first UCL title this season after falling just short in last season's final against Chelsea, and Torres could be the difference in what gets the Citizens over the line if all goes well. 

With two goals already in his back pocket this season, Torres is backed to do big things this season as Man City next prepares for a trip to Leicester City on September 11. 

"He [Torres] can play striker like many other players," Man City midfielder Rodri said about Torres after the Arsenal victory. "He (Torres) has the ability to run in behind, he has goals. He is not a number nine, but he does things like a number nine. He moves into spaces, he can run, accept the ball."

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