Pellegrini at striker crossroads

Pellegrini is at something of a crossroads over his striker options.

Andy Carroll’s contract is up in the summer and he doesn’t suit the Chilean’s desired style of play.

Both Lucas Perez and Javier Hernandez have failed to establish themselves and have been linked with moves away.

And that has meant an over reliance on Arnautovic, which was no more evident than against Brighton and Brighton in the last two games.

A move for Inter Milan outcast Gabriel Barbosa is dead in the water over the inability to obtain the necessary work permit.

Pellegrini has also been linked with Liverpool’s Divock Origi and Barcelona’s Munir El Haddadi – read more here.