Pep Guardiola praised Ferran Torres for his hatrick against Newcastle on Friday eve saying he can be City’s no.9 with Aguero leaving in the summer.

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The forward performed superbly scoring three sensational goals as City twice came back from behind to win 4-3 at the St. James’s Park.

City have been linked with hosts of Europe’s top strikers as Guardiola has mostly started games without a recognised striker with Aguero’s contract ending in the summer.

But Pep believes Torres, who originally signed as a winger could be Man City’s new no.9 and praised him for his overall improvement over the season.

He told Sky Sports: “Not just this evening, of course this evening was important, but his first season in England and his numbers are exceptional. He came as a winger, but he has to think about (being) a striker. When Sergio, Gabriel were out, he was there. He scored against Leeds and Crystal Palace. He didn’t have many minutes but when he played, he had a sense of goal.

“Yeah, he can be [a No.9]. We will use him, we used him and he was brilliant. His rhythm, especially defensively he has improved a lot. The game at Palace, he makes a turn [in his season] – so good. The movement he makes as a striker, for the [third] goal, it hits the bar and where it goes, he knew it.

“The smell, the strikers know, intuitively where it will arrive. He has this talent and the first goal is fantastic. Very pleased.

“Maybe I have to think about how he can play as a striker because every time he plays in that position, he always has a real sense of goal. He is an incredible signing for us as a young player, he can play in three positions up front, but playing more central, he has an incredible sense of goal.”

 

 

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