Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini still doesn't know his strongest attack combination

Both Alvaro Negredo and Stevan Jovetic joined City in the summer to compete with current strikers Sergio Aguero and Edin Dzeko

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini concedes he does not know his best striking combination - but expects Alvaro Negredo to build on the superb start he has made at the club.

Negredo has made a good impression since his £20million summer arrival from Sevilla, scoring off the bench in the last two games against Cardiff and Hull.

The Spaniard also found the net on his debut against Newcastle, only to have his effort ruled out in a tight offside call.

After also scoring on international duty last week, the 28-year-old is pressing for his first City start as Pellegrini's men travel to Stoke in the Barclays Premier League this weekend.

Pellegrini, who briefly worked with Negredo during his short spell in charge of Real Madrid four years ago, said: "I think that in every game he played he did very well.

"He has scored in all the matches so I hope we will see the best of Negredo, that I saw in Spain for the last seven, eight years.

"He was a very young player when I was at Real Madrid.

"He started there and after that, every year, he has been a very important striker in Spain. He will be here in England also."

Negredo is competing with Sergio Aguero, Edin Dzeko and another summer arrival in Stevan Jovetic for a place up front.

Between them the four players cost City £107million and Pellegrini has no firm idea of which pairings might be the most effective.

"No, I don't know exactly," he said. "We have four important players for that combination."

Dzeko has so far been the preferred option alongside Aguero, while Jovetic is still awaiting his debut.

Negredo's performances could put him in line to replace Dzeko but Pellegrini wants both players in good form with a tough spell of fixtures ahead.

Pellegrini said: "Alvaro Negredo is always a very important option, Edin Dzeko is exactly the same.

"They are different players but they are both very good players, so the important thing is how useful both are for the team.

"They have competition always for a place but they can play together also, so they are two important players for the team.

"We have to play seven games in 21 days, so the most important thing is not the 11 that start, but the performance of each player in every game.

"All the players we have, if they give a high performance, have the option to play."

The paths of Pellegrini and Negredo briefly crossed at Real Madrid after the club, having sold the player to Almeria two years previously, exercised a buy-back option on him in 2009.

But with other forwards competing for places in the Real side, notably Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema and Gonzalo Higuain, he was sold soon afterwards to Sevilla, for a nine million euro (£7.5million) profit.

Pellegrini said: "He had just played that year in Almeria and he had a very good year but in Real Madrid at that moment was Cristiano Ronaldo, Benzema, Higuain, Ruud van Nistelrooy - too much.

"So it was very important for him to continue growing as a player and he signed for Sevilla and it was a very important four years for him."

PA

Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Day In a Page

Isis in Syria: Influential tribal leaders hold secret talks with Western powers and Gulf states over possibility of mobilising against militants

Tribal gathering

Influential clans in Syria have held secret talks with Western powers and Gulf states over the possibility of mobilising against Isis. But they are determined not to be pitted against each other
Gaza, a year on from Operation Protective Edge: A growing population and a compromised and depleted aquifer leaves water in scarce supply for Palestinians

Gaza, a year on from Operation Protective Edge

A growing population and a compromised and depleted aquifer leaves water in scarce supply for Palestinians
10 best trays

Get carried away with 10 best trays

Serve with ceremony on a tray chic carrier
Greece debt crisis: EU 'family' needs to forgive rather than punish an impoverished state

EU 'family' needs to forgive rather than punish an impoverished state

An outbreak of malaria in Greece four years ago helps us understand the crisis, says Robert Fisk
Gaza, a year on from Operation Protective Edge: The traumatised kibbutz on Israel's front line, still recovering from last summer's war with Hamas

Gaza, a year on from Operation Protective Edge

The traumatised kibbutz on Israel's front line, still recovering from last summer's war with Hamas
How to survive electrical storms: What are the chances of being hit by lightning?

Heavy weather

What are the chances of being hit by lightning?
World Bodypainting Festival 2015: Bizarre and brilliant photos celebrate 'the body as art'

World Bodypainting Festival 2015

Bizarre and brilliant photos celebrate 'the body as art'
alt-j: A private jet, a Mercury Prize and Latitude headliners

Don't call us nerds

Craig Mclean meets alt-j - the math-folk act who are flying high
How to find gold: The Californian badlands, digging out crevasses and sifting sludge

How to find gold

Steve Boggan finds himself in the Californian badlands, digging out crevasses and sifting sludge
Singing accents: From Herman's Hermits and David Bowie to Alesha Dixon

Not born in the USA

Lay off Alesha Dixon: songs sound better in US accents, even our national anthem
10 best balsamic vinegars

10 best balsamic vinegars

Drizzle it over salad, enjoy it with ciabatta, marinate vegetables, or use it to add depth to a sauce - this versatile staple is a cook's best friend
Wimbledon 2015: Brief glimpses of the old Venus but Williams sisters' epic wars belong to history

Brief glimpses of the old Venus but Williams sisters' epic wars belong to history

Serena dispatched her elder sister 6-4, 6-3 in eight minutes more than an hour
Greece says 'No': A night of huge celebrations in Athens as voters decisively back Tsipras and his anti-austerity stance in historic referendum

Greece referendum

Greeks say 'No' to austerity and plunge Europe into crisis
Ten years after the 7/7 terror attacks, is Britain an altered state?

7/7 bombings anniversary

Ten years after the terror attacks, is Britain an altered state?
Beautiful evening dresses are some of the loveliest Donatella has created

Versace haute couture review

Beautiful evening dresses are some of the loveliest Donatella has ever created