20-year-old Italy international striker MARIO BALOTELLI, whom Manchester City paid 24.0 million English pounds to sign from UEFA Champions League and Serie A titlist Inter Milan this summer, is second on the Eastlands club with eight goals in all competitions this season. (Nigel Roddis/Reuters)
A 0-0 draw in London at the Emirates Stadium against FC Arsenal was certainly not the end of the world for MANCHESTER CITY as far as the title chase in the Premier League is concerned.
However, the men of manager ROBERTO MANCINI will definitely need to increase the strike rate if Manchester City are to have any shot at capturing the championship of the English top flight.
For all the money that has been engaged in an effort to energize the attack, Manchester City have scored ‘only’ 33 goals from 22 league games this term. However, both cross-town rival Manchester United and Arsenal have scored more than forty goals this campaign and in fewer games thus far, as well. Actually, in fact, five teams have found the back of the net more than Manchester City, including teams that have spent far less such as Bolton Wanderers.
Of course, according to all reports, on the way is Bosnia international EDEN DZEKO. Another 27.0 million English pounds has secured the services of the 24-year-old striker, who has 10 goals on 17 outings in the league for German club Vfl Wolfsburg this term. Last season, the reigning two-time Bosnian Footballer of the Year led the entire Bundesliga with 22 goals while appearing in all 34 matches.
2010/11 – strikers
games / starts / goals
LEAGUE : TEVEZ – 19/19/12, JO – 11/3/0, BALOTELLI – 9/7/5, ADEBAYOR 8/2/1, SANTA CRUZ 1/0/0
EUROPE : ADEBAYOR 6/5/4, JO – 6/4/, TEVEZ – 3/3/0, BALOTELLI – 2/1/3, NIMELY 1/0/0
LGE CUP : JO – 1/1/1, SANTA CRUZ 1/1/0
Carlos TEVEZ ———————- 22 games – 12 goals
Mario BALOTELLI ————— 11 games —- 8 goals
Emmanuel ADEBAYOR ——- 14 games —- 5 goals
JO —————————————- 17 games —- 3 goals
Roque SANTA CRUZ ————- 2 games —- 0 goals
Alex NIMELY ————————- 1 games —- 0 goals