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Pep Guardiola has a new best Man City attack and may have secured the bargain of the summer – Daniel Murphy

It worked a treat in Seville and did so again against Wolves, the new front three of Jack Grealish, Erling Haaland and Phil Foden seems to be a winner for Manchester City. All three found the back of the net in the win over Wolves.

That follows four goals that were scored when they first lined up alongside each other against Sevilla, this trifecta appears to be the one that's clicking the best for Pep Guardiola at the moment, with the interplay between all three working a treat. Riyad Mahrez hasn't been able to find the form he showed last season and Julian Alvarez is still adapting to life at City, so it looks like both will struggle for a way into the starting XI for important games for the foreseeable.

Foden loving it on the right

A big aspect of the front three working so well is that Foden is finding real joy on the right wing. It's a position he has rarely played in because Guardiola usually likes having him on his natural side to help provide width since Joao Cancelo tends to cut inside. Yet, he played there at Molineux and was brilliant.

He's developing a great partnership with Kevin De Bruyne. We've already seen the move where De Bruyne overlaps Foden, gets the ball and then puts in a brilliant cross plenty of times in the couple of games they've played and it was used to great effect on Saturday. We're bound to see it a lot more.

Grealish improvement

Questions started to be asked about Grealish following his poor display against Borussia Dortmund but he took a big step in answering them against Wolves. His goal contribution stats are not the be-all and end-all but to get on the score sheet within 55 seconds was certainly a confidence booster.

His overall performance was far more encouraging. It looked like new life had been breathed into him as he repeatedly glided past tackles, linked up well with Bernardo Silva and his fellow attackers and was at the heart of a lot of City's attacks. If he can keep this up, Grealish will soon silence his critics for good.

Haaland breaking records

Erling Haaland has quickly got to work in destroying the Premier League's superiority complex by making every defender he comes up against look as though they're playing for a pub side. The amount of ridiculous stats and new records he's setting is already beyond a joke but just to name a few…

The Norweigan has become the first player to ever score in his first four consecutive away matches in the Premier League. He's now bagged in seven games straight in all competition, a feat he last achieved in October-November 2020. He has also now found the back of the net a remarkable 100 times in 99 games since leaving Red Bull Salzburg in January 2020 and has more goals this season (14 in all competitions) than 13 Premier League clubs, including Manchester United and Chelsea, and the same as Tottenham and Brighton. There's going to be many more to come.

Strong start for Akanji

Away from the attack, Manuel Akanji had a very good Premier League debut as he continues his strong start to life at City. For a last-minute, unplanned signing the centre-back is quickly looking like the bargain of the summer.

City paid just 15million for Akanji and he has seamlessly fitted into the side. The Blues have conceded just once in his three appearances (with Jude Bellingham's goal having nothing to do with him) and it was another composed and assured display on his introduction to domestic English football. If he keeps this level of performance up, Aymeric Laporte and Nathan Ake will struggle to get in.