Manchester City reportedly sent scouts to watch Solihull Moors striker Kyle Hudlin this weekend and if he signs, he could fix a key issue in Pep Guardiola’s side.
What’s the word?
According to The Athletic’s Gregg Evans, City are taking an interest in the 20-year-old, who is the tallest outfield professional player in Britain, standing at an impressive six-foot-nine.
Championship sides Cardiff City and Middlesbrough are also credited with an interest in the giant forward, who seems likely to leave the non-league side this summer given the interest being shown in him.
Would Hudlin be a good signing for Man City?
The young striker hit nine goals in 34 appearances in non-league last season, which isn’t exactly groundbreaking, but it is clear what he would offer City should he sign.
Whilst it seems crazy to suggest that a 20-year-old from non-league could soon become a player for the Premier League champions, you could argue that he could amend a key issue in Guardiola’s squad.
Sunday’s defeat against Tottenham Hotspur emphasised just how poor City can be when playing without a natural striker, and Hudlin would add a serious aerial presence in the opposition box that the Citizens have lacked since the days of Alvaro Negredo and Edin Dzeko.
The final minutes in north London saw City send several crosses into the box, despite their front three consisting of Gabriel Jesus, Jack Grealish and Ferran Torres at the time, none of whom can be considered much of an aerial threat considering they are all below six foot.
Therefore, if Hudlin were to sign for City and improve under the coaching of Guardiola, then he could be the ideal player to bring on in these sort of situations where the Citizens are forced into sending the ball long and playing off a target man.
Given that he is playing for Solihull Moors, he would likely cost significantly less than fellow transfer target Harry Kane this summer, so would be a relatively low-risk transfer by the club.
Therefore, Txiki Begiristain should definitely consider bringing Hudlin to the Etihad, as he could offer Guardiola something very different in attack.
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