Two months into the season, Negredo has scored four goals for City, has he settled in well?
The £20 million signing of Alvaro Negredo from Sevilla didn’t raise too many eyebrows, as it was not uncommon for City to spend this much and Negredo had been a consistent scorer in La Liga.
However arriving at the age of 28 it is fair to say they expect him to hit the ground running, and make an impact straight away. He scored over 100 goals in the Spanish top flight in just 209 games. A great record and one which he will be looking to replicate in the Premier League.
Nicknamed the ‘beast’ by City fans, Negredo has started life in England well, with some impressive performances so far. He has serious competition from Sergio Aguero, and Edin Dzeko and it remains to be seen what formation Manuel Pellegrini prefers and how to use his strikers. Stevan Jovetic is still yet to be given a prolonged run in the side too. However three goals and two assists in Negredo’s seven appearances in the league (four of them as starts), show that he is being used effectively. His stature allows him to hold up the ball and bring others into play; perfect attributes for the English game. He has also scored the solitary goal in the Champions League from his two substitute appearances. Taking the goals and assists into account, Negredo has settled in at the Etihad Stadium well, especially considering Manchester City’s sketchy start to the season.
Man City weren’t the first English club to register an interest in Negredo. West Ham made a bid for the player earlier in the summer. It may have been as an alternative to Andy Carroll, or indeed ‘Big Sam’ could have been going for both. Given that Allardyce likes to play a direct game, it tells you what sort of striker the Madrid born 28-year-old is. He is however very mobile for his side as demonstrated against Manchester United a few weeks ago.
If Negredo managed to score 25 league goals for Sevilla last year than he is capable of scoring even more in the Premier League. He is surrounded by better players at City and can therefore hope for more and better chances. They will go into games as the favourites the majority of the time, not something which was the case for Sevilla last year, and they will expected to be on the offensive straight away. With this comes more pressure though; Negredo and Aguero will be expected to regularly find the back of the net. If the Citizens go through a rough patch, then the pressure may mount on these two to deliver the goods. Then we will see exactly how Alvaro Negredo can cope in England. At the moment when partnered with Sergio Aguero the duo look deadly and it gives Pellegrini a headache with Dzeko and Jovetic to consider.