City fans have been eagerly awaiting new signings this summer, but so far, Mateo Kovacic is the only addition to the squad.
The departures of Ilkay Gundogan and Riyad Mahrez have weakened the team that claimed the treble in June.
While Kovacic has come in to replenish the midfield, it remains to be seen if he can replicate the role of the departed captain.
Mahrez’s absence is also a concern, as he contributed significantly to the team’s success with his ability to unlock stubborn defenses.
City has yet to sign a replacement for Mahrez, who scored and assisted a total of 61 goals in the last two seasons.
While Bernardo Silva may have been preferred for the biggest games, Mahrez’s impact in breaking down defenses cannot be underestimated.
With Mahrez starting 35 matches last season, someone will have to step up to fill his shoes.
It is unclear if City will target a forward in the remaining weeks of the transfer window, as they focus on securing Josko Gvardiol.
However, there are several options they could consider.
Michael Olise, an exciting winger signed by Crystal Palace, could be a like-for-like replacement for Mahrez. Olise offers direct pace and quick feet, although he is currently injured.
Kaoru Mitoma from Brighton is another option, as he impressed with his pace, control, and goal-scoring ability last season.
Khvicha Kvaratskhelia, the surprise star of Napoli, could also be a valuable addition with his ambidexterity and skill.
Finally, Jeremy Doku, a highly-rated Belgian forward, and Cole Palmer, an academy graduate, are potential options for City.
This article was updated 1 month ago