Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has paid tribute to Ferran Torres who is performing well playing in what is not his natural position, the Manchester Evening News reports.

Torres is not a striker, but played as one against Marseille as City deal with injury problems. The move might have been a gamble by Guardiola. However, it paid off as City won 3-0 and Torres found the back of the net.

Guardiola was pleased with Torres for doing a job that wasn’t an easy one for the player.

“Thank you for making the effort”

“Ferran has settled really well. He’s not a striker, I would congratulate him and say thank you for making the effort to play in this position. He scored a goal” Guardiola said, as quoted by the Manchester Evening News.

Ferran Torres celebrates scoring for Manchester City
Ferran Torres celebrates scoring for Manchester City (Photo by Alex Caparros/Getty Images)

“It’s not easy as a striker playing a 4-5-1 because there are lots of players there and no space around so honestly it’s not easy” Guardiola continued.

 

Torres is normally a right-winger. However, with injuries to Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus he is having to fill in as a striker. It is not a system that Guardiola will want to play for long. As long as he’s supported by the likes of Raheem Sterling and Kevin De Bruyne then Torres can succeed as a striker though.

Might start next league game as a striker

It will be interesting to see if Guardiola selects Torres as a striker for Manchester City’s next league game, against Sheffield United on Saturday.

Manchester City's Ferran Torres is currently playing as a makeshift striker
Manchester City’s Ferran Torres is currently playing as a makeshift striker (Photo by Matt McNulty – Manchester City/Manchester City FC via Getty Images)

That would be the biggest test yet for Torres’ ability as a striker. However, Guardiola might not have any option but to play the winger as a striker.

The City boss would be confident that Torres could succeed in that role though. In fact, if Torres played up-front, it would not be a shock to see him once more find the back of the net.

You have to think that with the likes of Sterling and De Bruyne in the side City will create chances against Sheffield United. No doubt Guardiola would prefer to have a proper goalscorer leading the line. However, if need be Torres can do the job. He has already proved it against Marseille.

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