Guardiola: ‘Ferran Torres can be City’s no. 9’ ahead of Aguero’s departure

The Spaniard winger was on fire as he smashed 3 beautiful strikes for the Manchester Club.

Guardiola believes the young forward – who he originally signed as a winger – could become Man City’s new No 9 in the future, and praised him for his overall improvement this season.

Man City won 4-3 against New Castle united, courtesy of a hattrick by Ferran Torres. The Spaniard winger was on fire as he smashed 3 beautiful strikes for the Manchester Club.

Sergio Aguero will be departing from Manchester City after serving the club for 10 years. Aguero has been club’s top scorer and a legend. The Argentine leaving the club will definitely create a hole in the striker position.

Guardiola believes the young forward – who he originally signed as a winger – could become Man City’s new No 9 in the future, and praised him for his overall improvement this season.

The Man City manager said: “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.

When asked by Sky Sports’ Geoff Shreeves if Torres could be the successor for Aguero rather than a new signing, Guardiola replied: “I don’t know what’s going to happen. Maybe we buy a striker, maybe not.

“We have a guy, he’s young. A good transfer. I can use him on the left, right or as a striker. The season is too long, we can’t play just 11 players, the best striker we can buy can’t play all the minutes. You have to have 50, 60, 70 top players you want, then the academy, we have two, three, four or so interesting players I’m pretty sure next season will help us.

“That’s why they hate me the players, when you have these alternatives it’s so difficult to let all the players play.”

The man of the moment, Torres, also reflected on a huge week for Man City, telling Sky Sports: “It has been an incredible week, we qualified for the Champions League, won the Premier League and I scored a hat-trick. Very happy.

“I try to improve day by day and also try to learn from my team-mates and my manager. I try to keep improving and getting ready for the Champions League final.

“I always try to go to the first post for set pieces, I flicked the ball and I think it was a very beautiful goal.”

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