Analyst v Pundit: Will Wilfried Bony or Juan Cuadrado have a bigger impact on the title race?

Guillermo Cuadrado # 11 of ACF Fiorentina celebrates after scoring his team's second goal during the Serie A match between Hellas Verona FC and ACF Fiorentina at Stadio Marc'Antonio Bentegodi on November 23, 2014 in Verona, Italy

Every week the Analyst and the Pundit argue over a topical issue from the world of fantasy football. Whose side are you on? 

The Analyst: Bony

8, 15 and 5. That is the number of Premier League games Sergio Aguero has missed due to injury in the last two and a half seasons. While the Argentinian is undoubtedly an incredible performer, he is not particularly durable, and nor is Edin Dzeko, who deputised so ably for him last season. Both have been injured this season, and Dzeko has looked a shadow of himself this season.

Given Manuel Pellegrini regularly utilises a two striker system having three quality strikers is vital for a side contending for titles. Bony has proven the ability to score freely at this level scoring 25 goals in his 54 appearances since the start of last season. He also brings an element of power and strength that City currently lack up front. His arrival may spell the end for Jovetic or Dzeko, but it could also help City haul in Chelsea and claim another title.

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The Pundit: Cuadrado

We’ve seen this act before from City. Spend big money on the best player of a mid table club only to have him languish on the bench. I just don’t see Bony getting much playing time when Aguero and Dzeko are healthy. We have also seen City play with just a single striker on several occasions this year.

Cuadrado is a top performer at one of the few positions Chelsea were currently capable of upgrading. Willian has been hauled off by his manager with alarming regularity this season, a sign that Mourinho has not been completely satisfied with his performances.

He is a hardworking, honest player, but he only has one assist all season. As our friends at the fantasy football scout have noted Chelsea’s new signing brings that same work ethic, but also has an extra level of quality.

Proof of this comes from the fact Cuadrado managed 20 goals and 18 assists in his 85 league appearances for Fiorentina. This is the move that cements the title for Chelsea.

 (video courtesy of ScoutNationHD)




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