Manchester City supporters have been making a lot of noise in the Transfer Tavern this week after seeing their side reach the 100-point mark courtesy of a narrow 1-0 success at Southampton on Sunday.
Pep Guardiola’s men went into their final day encounter at St Mary’s having already broken the Premier League points record, amongst other records, during the course of the season, but seeking to become the first team to reach three figures. And they did just that thanks to Gabriel Jesus’ last-gasp strike on the South Coast, thus seeing the Citizens finish the campaign with exactly 100 points from their 38 games, 19 more than second place Manchester United.
As such, there have been several buoyant City fans in the Tavern in recent times, as they have been throughout the season, and they are likely to be further thrilled by recent comments from Sergio Aguero in which he has played down speculation linking him with a move away this summer.
And with the Argentine set to stay at the club, the North West outfit now must seal an agreement with £72 million-rated Raheem Sterling (as per Transfermarkt) to continue their domination of the Premier League next time round.
Ultimately, Aguero enjoyed one of his best seasons to date in a City shirt this time round with 30 goals in 39 appearances for the club, this all after being repeatedly linked with a move away 12 months ago following the arrival of Brazilian sensation Jesus.
Yet the 29-year-old certainly proved his worth to Guardiola and his side to further underline that they will again need him next season to lead the line, much in the same way they will need 23-year-old Sterling to reproduce his best after an outstanding campaign at the Etihad Stadium.
The England international hadn’t set the world alight at City prior to this term, but the forward produced without doubt his best season of his career in netting 23 goals and laying on 17 assists for Guardiola’s side – no City player directly contributed to more goals this season than Sterling (Aguero was second with 37 – 30 goals and seven assists).
And with the 23-year-old only likely to improve under Guardiola’s guidance in the years to come, more goals and more assists are inevitable for the Englishman in the coming years, which must be a frightening prospect for Premier League defenders who this season have seen Sterling flourish, let alone what’s to come in the next few years.
Take Aguero and Sterling of this City side, and while there is still plenty of talent going forward to succeed, they would no doubt be weaker in the final third – 53 goals and 24 assists would be gone.
But with Aguero seemingly pledging his future to the club, City must now turn their attentions to securing an agreement with Sterling during the summer months.
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