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Manchester City Face Stiff Competition For This Ligue 1 Forward: Should Pep Launch A Move?

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In a recent report, Jeunes Footeux mentioned that Manchester City are facing stiff competition for Stade Reims forward Hugo Ekitike. It has been mentioned that Man City will have to rival Borussia Dortmund, Bayer 04 Leverkusen, Newcastle United and Arsenal in pursuit of the French attacker.

Ekitike’s Decent Run Of Form At The Stade Auguste Delaune

The 19-year-old is having a bright season in French football after producing some fruitful displays as the spearhead of Reims’ attack. Ekitike has registered ten goals and four assists in 24 matches for the French outfit during this campaign across all fronts.

The Reims-born youngster has done well to average 1.3 shots, 0.6 key passes and 0.9 dribbles per game in Ligue 1. However, he has been sloppy when interchanging possession with his teammates up top, as evidenced by his pass success rate of 69.8% in the top tier of French football (stats via whoscored).

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Reims’ French forward Hugo Ekitike (R) celebrates after scoring during the French L1 football match between FC Girondins de Bordeaux and Stade de Reims at The Matmut Atlantique Stadium in Bordeaux, south-western France on October 31, 2021. (Photo by ROMAIN PERROCHEAU / AFP) (Photo by ROMAIN PERROCHEAU/AFP via Getty Images)
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Should Manchester City Launch A Move For Ekitike?

Ekitike can put his pace to good use when attempting to run in behind the opposition half. He is proving himself to be a capable finisher in the attacking end of the field and can even create some meaningful openings for others around him. Ekitike is primarily a centre-forward but can even fill in as a left-sided wide player if required.

However, the French whizkid is still quite raw and would need time before he can feature at the highest level every week. Still, Man City should think about engineering a move to bring him to the Etihad Stadium when the transfer window commences later this summer.

Pep Guardiola is in dire need to add a new number nine to his squad. Thus, Ekitike could serve as a perfect candidate to fill in the role of a backup striker at the Mancunian club in the coming seasons.

At 19, the future is quite bright for the French striker as long as he continues to work hard on improving his game with each year. With all things considered, Guardiola would be wise to make a move to acquire the services of Ekitike this summer.

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