Manchester City suffered a considerable injury blow during their defeat to Tottenham on Sunday.
The Premier League champions were far from their best at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, with a second-half goal from Son Heung-min enough to deal Pep Guardiola’s men an opening day defeat.
The need for a new striker has never been as clear for Man City as it was yesterday, with Ferran Torres, despite his seemingly endless energy, not having the necessary presence to cause problems in that role.
Frustrating for Pep Guardiola, just as Man City’s problems in front of goal for exposed for the world to see, one of his most prolific players has suffered a shoulder injury, the extent of which is currently unknown.
PEP (on @IlkayGuendogan) 💬 Something in his shoulder. We will see what happens tomorrow. But something happened.
— Manchester City (@ManCity) August 15, 2021
Gundogan found the back of the net 13 times in 28 appearances for Man City in the Premier League last campaign. Goals from players like him negated the need for a free-scoring striker.
However, Pep may well have been left fearing that his luck has run out, with this Premier League season looking set to be one of the most competitive EVER and Man City not looking appropriately equipped to tackle it.
Of course, Pep and co will be crossing their fingers that the damage done to Gundogan is not severe, but regardless, bringing in a new centre-forward over the next fortnight ought to be an absolute priority.