Manchester City supporters have been in fine voice in the Transfer Tavern in the last few hours after seeing their side break the Premier League points record with a routine 3-1 success over Brighton on Wednesday.
Pep Guardiola’s men went into their encounter with the Seagulls sat on 94 points and just two away from beating Chelsea’s impressive total from back in 2005, and the victory was never really in doubt at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday. Danilo gave the hosts the lead and although Brighton equalised through Leonardo Ulloa, goals from Bernardo Silva and Leroy Sane sealed a comfortable win for the Citizens, in turn breaking the record for most goals scored and most victories as well as setting a new points record.
Subsequently, there have been many delighted City fans in the Tavern in recent times, several of whom are hoping their side can finish with a flourish when they travel to fourth-bottom Southampton in their final match on Sunday.
In the meantime though, there has been much for our resident Citizens supporters to get their teeth into, not least recent reports linking striker Sergio Aguero with a move back to Atletico Madrid this summer.
Yet there’s little doubt that sanctioning the £67.5 million-rated (as per Transfermarkt) ace’s departure this summer would single-handedly dismantle their Champions League ambitions for next season.
Ultimately, the 29-year-old has been an outstanding servant to the North West club ever since his move there back in 2011, with the Argentina international scoring a remarkable 199 goals in just 292 appearances for the Citizens, 143 goals of which coming in the Premier League.
Yet for all his brilliance during his time at the Etihad, this term has been one of his best in bagging 30 goals in just 39 games for Guardiola’s side, leading the line brilliantly to the point that he kept Gabriel Jesus out of the team at times earlier on in the campaign.
And this excellent season all came about after a summer of speculation that the Argentine could leave the club, what with Jesus arriving in January 2017 and going on to restrict Aguero to a spot on the bench when fit and firing.
Yet this season has proven that City do indeed still need Aguero leading the line – ultimately, he remains one of the best strikers in world football, and exactly the sort one needs to win the Champions League.
After all, the Citizens have come up short this season in Europe and that quite simply will have to be improved next time round, and selling one of your best and most influential players isn’t going to help your cause.
Yes, there remains many concerns regarding Aguero’s fitness, with the 29-year-old again presently on the sidelines due to a knee problem, but selling him and taking 30 goals out of the side, regardless of how many City have scored this season, isn’t going to aid their Champions League ambitions.
Jesus has been magnificent since his arrival in English football, and while there are loads of goals in the team in the form of Leroy Sane and Raheem Sterling, to name but a few, going into a season seeking Champions League glory with just one recognised and out-and-out striker would be bold, and a risk unlikely to pay off.
Thus, as this season has proved, City still need Aguero leading the line, and even more so in their assault on the Champions League next term – selling him would only dismantle their hopes.
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