Could Manchester City eye a striker in January with Erling Haaland injured?

With Erling Haaland currently injured, it does leave Manchester City short of options up front. The champions only have two recognised strikers in their squad with Haaland and Julian Alvarez. The pair are completely different types of players but with the Norwegian striker nursing a foot injury it leaves only Alvarez to lead the line. With that in mind could Manchester City sign another striker in January?

Pete O’Rourke reports for that City could enter the market for another striker. O’Rourke adds that the money is there if the treble winners do feel the need to add reinforcements in January. Furthermore, O’Rourke adds that the champions currently feel no rush to get any deals over the line but that could change depending on injuries to the European champions squad.

Pep Guardiola told the media following City’s win over Luton Town that he doesn’t believe Haaland’s injury is a serious one. As City currently only have one fit striker available in Julian Alvarez it does severely limit Pep Guardiola’s options up front. It also requires a change in tactics with the difference in how Haaland and Alvarez play the position. The champions could also play Phil Foden or Bernardo Silva as a false 9 in the absence of their star striker. But that option may limit the treble winner’s options in midfield with Kevin De Bruyne recovering from hamstring surgery.

Any potential move for a striker by Manchester City would seem dependent on Erling Haaland’s injury. If Haaland’s foot injury isn’t serious it wouldn’t appear to be a pressing need for the European champions. There also doesn’t appear to be a big market for strikers that would be available in January. If the situation with Haaland does worsen it could become a story to watch during the January transfer window.

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