Sergio Aguero has been enduring a somewhat frustrating spell in Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City side, and it is puzzling as to what the Catalan’s plans for the prolific striker are. It has been odd seeing one of the Premier League’s great goal scorers demoted to the bench in recent weeks, but now that new singing Gabriel Jesus is out for a possible three months Aguero can bounce back and prove he is still the best.
In previous seasons the Argentine had been the driving force behind the Citizens’ success, with over twenty league goals scored in three of his past five seasons in England’s top flight. But when Guardiola took the reins at City the former Barcelona boss began chopping and changing the side, and it appeared as though Aguero had fallen out of favour. The young Brazilian Jesus got off to a fantastic start when he joined in January, but unfortunately for the exciting new signing he is now facing a long spell on the sidelines with a broken metatarsal.
Guardiola had no choice but to restore Aguero to the starting XI for City’s Champions League tie against Monaco, and the 28-year-old absolutely ran the show (see video below). The City number ten claimed two vital goals and an assist, and hinted at a return to explosive form just when City need it most.
Man City’s season seemed to have stagnated around the turn of the year, but they are now favoured by bookies to finish second behind runaway leaders Chelsea. Guardiola appears to have a clearer idea of his desired formation now, with Raheem Sterling and Leroy Sane on either side of the main striker. Aguero will take this role now, and could make a shock onslaught on the Golden Boot.
At the time of writing Aguero can be backed at 11/1 with Sportsbet to finish as the league’s top scorer, and it would be wise to bet now to claim such generous odds. The ferocious forward has been known to go on explosive streaks in the past, and if he runs riot in the next few league games those odds will shorten drastically.
City are one of the most attacking teams in the league, and while it looks as though Chelsea may look to tighten up and defend their lead at the top, Guardiola’s men will go on the front foot. This has been evident over the last four matches, as City have created a chance every 6.1 minutes compared to Chelsea’s 8.8. Although Diego Costa is strongly tipped to win the Golden Boot, many more chances are likely to fall to Aguero between now and the end of the season. Costa has been consistent, but has only scored twice in a match on one occasion this term. Aguero has bagged a brace in four separate games.
With only eleven goals to his name so far and six behind Alexis Sanchez, some may feel that the Argentine won’t be able to catch up. But after the exceptional European performance and with a point to prove, Aguero could be about to set the league alight once again with a goal-scoring binge.
Image source: Sergio Aguero via Facebook