Premier League 2019/20: Manchester City's ideal forward line for the upcoming campaign
With Manchester City's preseason campaign well underway, the only concern Pep Guardiola will have is the paucity of first-team strikers. Gabriel Jesus and Sergio Aguero will join the Cityzens' camp later due to their participation in the Copa America. Riyad Mahrez will be the last forward to report for club duties after helping Algeria to Africa Cup of Nations victory on July 20.
Despite the aforementioned players being absent for the Sky Blues, Raheem Sterling and Bernardo Silva are expected to spearhead the reigning champions' the attack. City's current crisis is short-lived as Jesus and Aguero will be available before their season kicks off against West Ham.
Pep will have to use his tactical nous to establish a system that suits his current clutch of attackers. The Catalan manager has used a 4-3-3 system for a major part of his time at the Etihad and is set to continue with that approach next season as well.
With City's 2019/20 campaign in hindsight, here's the attacking troika that could feature prominently for the Sky Blues.
LW: Raheem Sterling
Under Pep Guardiola's tutelage, Raheem Sterling has undergone a drastic transformation, changing his profile from a tricky winger to a prolific wide forward. The former Liverpool attacker is considered one of the best forwards in contemporary football.
In the past three seasons, the 24-year-old has racked up 58 goals and 55 assists for Manchester City. Given Sterling's age and desire to improve, the numbers are set to observe further improvement.
Sterling will have an added responsibility to helm City's attack in the absence of Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus, who might struggle to achieve match fitness in time for the opening game of the season. The 24-year-old missed a penalty in City's last friendly against Wolves, but Pep will be hoping that Raheem finds his scoring touch before the season commences.