Pundit Tony Cascarino has predicted Man City will be ‘hurt’ by their failure to sign a striker in the summer.
Pep Guardiola’s side allowed Sergio Aguero to leave for free in July after opting not to extend his contract.
They were linked with a number of replacements, most notably Harry Kane and Cristiano Ronaldo.
City submitted a £100million bid for Kane but Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy held firm.
He set the England captain’s price tag at £160m, which the reigning Premier League champions were unwilling to meet.
Kane eventually backed down on his wish to leave Spurs and revealed he was ‘100 per cent focused’ on the club.
Then came the Ronaldo rumours. City were reportedly in talks over a sensational move for the Portugal attacker.
But Man Utd swooped in to complete a deal on transfer deadline day.
When asked about City’s title chances on talkSPORT, Cascarino said: “We can only make a judgement really at the end of the season, but I’ve said all along, if you were prepared to pay £100million and a bit more for Harry Kane you definitely wanted a striker.
“You think you need one, because you made a bid for a striker that didn’t go over the line.
“The fact that you didn’t get that striker, now ‘it’s not a problem’, but it was a problem.
“Pep recognised he needed a centre-forward of a certain type. I think by the end of the season it will cost City the title.”
Guardiola was left frustrated at the weekend as his star-studded team was held to a goalless draw by Southampton.
Cascarino continued: “I think there will be games when a certain type of striker who can get you out of trouble, who can do things that not all your technically brilliant players can do, it’s something quite basic that enables you to make the difference in a certain type of game.
“Yesterday [Saturday] was one of the examples that I think that are going to happen a few times during the course of the season. I think it will hurt City.”
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