Roy Keane laments Man City transfer decision that could cost them Premier League title
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Manchester United legend Roy Keane claims Manchester City’s decision not to sign a striker last summer will come back to haunt them this season. City brought in the likes of Ferran Torres, Nathan Ake and Ruben Dias in the previous transfer window but chose not to strengthen up top. That is despite increased concern over the fitness of Sergio Aguero, who has started just two Premier League matches this season due to a string of injury problems.
Pep Guardiola has had to rely on Gabriel Jesus but the Brazilian has had his own injury issues, scoring just two goals in seven league outings.
Heading into Sunday’s match at Chelsea, City were eighth in the Premier League, seven points behind leaders Liverpool but with two games in hand.
And ahead of the match, Keane said the decision not to bring in a forward ahead of this season could cost them dearly.
“Not replacing, or certainly not going out and getting a striker in the summer, I think they will pay a heavy price for that come the end of the season,” Keane said on Sky Sports.
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City’s goal output is way down to what it was at this stage last season.
And Keane says there has been a lack of intensity in some performances, which is a worry for boss Guardiola.
“I’ve seen the last few games, they’ve certainly tightened up at the back, they’ve been slow out of the blocks,” the pundit added.
“Obviously there was a freak result towards the start of the season, Leicester scoring five against them.
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“No team wants a game to be called off, you want to play the games and get in a bit of a routine.
“Having said that I think one or two of their players have been found to be breaking protocols and rules, so they’ve got to have a good look at themselves. But you certainly can’t write Man City off.
“The few games I’ve seen and the games we’ve been at, when they played United and Liverpool, what I felt they’d lost, certainly out of possession, is that intensity, not getting over the line in the bigger games.
“I think that’s a worry in particular when you have a manager like Pep Guardiola, because one of the reasons why they are great managers is because they win games.
“I think they’ve come off it a little bit only because over the last few years they’ve set such high standards.
“When they come off it a little bit, it shows.”
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