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Manchester City Locked In A Three-Way Battle For This La Liga Striker: Good Fit For Pep?

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In a recent report, Fichajes mentioned that Manchester City are locked in a three-way battle for Sevilla striker Youssef En-Nesyri. It has been revealed that the Mancunian giants could face stiff competition in the form of Manchester United and West Ham United in pursuit of the Morocco international.

En-Nesyri’s Recent Form At The Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán Stadium

En-Nesyri has made a solid start to this campaign despite missing a lot of key games for the Andalusian outfit recently. The 24-year-old has taken part in nine matches for Sevilla this season, netting three goals and grabbing two assists in all competitions.

The Moroccan centre-forward has caught the eye by averaging 1.6 clearances, 2.0 shots and 0.7 key passes per 90 minutes in La Liga. However, he has been a bit careless when distributing the ball in the final third after completing 74.1% of his attempted passes in the Spanish top-flight (stats via whoscored).

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SEVILLE, SPAIN – SEPTEMBER 25: Yousseff En-Nesyri of Sevilla celebrates after scoring their team’s first goal during the La Liga Santander match between Sevilla FC and RCD Espanyol at Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan on September 25, 2021 in Seville, Spain. (Photo by Fran Santiago/Getty Images)
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Is En-Nesyri A Good Fit For Manchester City Boss Pep Guardiola?

En-Nesyri has decent pace under his belt and can make some promising dashes with the ball in the final third. He can get himself into some dangerous areas inside the opponent’s penalty area and is usually a composed finisher up top.

The 39-time Morocco international packs a lot of venom with his strikes at goal and can even create some decent plays for others around him. He has got a great leap in him that helps him win a few 50-50 aerial duels deep inside the opponent’s half.

At 24, En-Nesyri is in for a very bright future in European football which makes him a great choice for Man City to consider next year. We can expect him to add more goals and dynamism to Pep Guardiola‘s attack.

Currently, the Mancunian giants are in dire need of a centre-forward, so someone of En-Nesyri’s quality will be a decent fit for what they are looking for going into the January transfer window. The Sevilla striker could help Man City sustain their title push and even compete for the UEFA Champions League next year. Thus, it is only logical for Guardiola to orchestrate a move to acquire the services of En-Nesyri this winter.

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