Rodri expects Torres to strike

03 September 2021 17:35:08 GMTPlus11
Rodri thinks Ferran Torres can be the main man for Manchester City

Manchester City midfielder Rodri has voiced his disappointment that the Premier League champions missed out on Harry Kane but has backed fellow Spaniard Ferran Torres to weigh in with plenty of goals this season.

City, 10/11 to retain their title, made it a priority to sign a centre-forward in the summer and Kane was top of their list.

No Kane can do

Pep Guardiola's champions were believed to be offering around £120m for the England skipper. However, Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy insisted that was way short of the mark and negotiations never got off the ground.

It prompted Kane to stay in London and while Rodri admitted last season's Golden Boot winner would have helped the team, City do not look short of firepower after back-to-back 5-0 hammerings of Norwich and Arsenal.

We have other players like Ferran, for example, to play there.

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Eight different City players have already found the net with Torres top of the scoring charts courtesy of his brace in the dismantling of the Gunners and he is 66/1 to win the Premier League Golden Boot.

Guardiola has compared the 21-year-old forward to Jamie Vardy due to the timing of some of his runs and Rodri, who also scored against Arsenal, believes his compatriot is well suited to leading the line.

Rodri backs Torres to step up

"A player of the stature of Kane helps a lot," Rodri told El Pais. "But we have a team that has been able to win the Premier League and you have little to change.

"There are very few players who can score more than 20 goals, but that does not guarantee anything either. We have other players like Ferran, for example, to play there.

"As a midfielder, I like to see him there because he creates a lot of spaces for you and not only comes to receive face-to-face, but in addition, he also has shots on goal."

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