The Manchester City supporters in the Transfer Tavern are deeply concerned by rumours linking their all-time top-goalscorer Sergio Aguero with a move away from the club.
Manchester City’s Argentine ace recently overtook Eric Brook’s record of 177 goals in City blue with a clinical finish away at Napoli in the Champions League back in November, but despite his personal achievement he has still been forced to play second-fiddle to Gabriel Jesus from time to time this season.
Aguero did not play a single minute of Manchester City’s season-defining victory over Manchester United at the start of the month, as Jesus was preferred to the former Atletico Madrid man from the outset – a decision which naturally would have frustrated City’s talisman.
The frustration of Aguero was certainly clear for all to see when Guardiola chose to withdraw him from proceedings against Tottenham Hotspur last week after just 58 minutes, and it appears his current role at the club may no longer be of high enough importance to convince him to stay in Manchester.
According to The Sun, Augero no longer feels valued at City, and his current situation may convince Real Madrid to pursue the Argentine’s signature in the near future.
The Citizens will consider it absolutely imperative that Aguero remains a City player for as long as he is able to play at the highest reaches of the game, but the presence of Jesus may prove to be the pivotal factor in deciding Aguero’s future.
If you consider the centre-forward options at the top Premier League clubs, it becomes clear that City are something of an anomaly with two world-class strikers at their disposal.
Tottenham have Harry Kane, Man United have Lukaku and Chelsea have Morata, and their back-up choices are clearly a level below their first-choice strikers, however, City’s strikers are equally as fantastic in their ability.
Perhaps Aguero’s public display of frustration and consequent rumours of a transfer to Real Madrid are proof that managing two strikers of such quality in a one striker tactical system is an impossible task, even for a manager of Guardiola’s calibre.
So far in his City career, Guardiola has managed the two strikers brilliantly well together, but his decision making in recent weeks certainly proves that the task is beginning to become impossible.
However, City’s progress would undoubtedly be stunted by Aguero’s departure, so Guardiola must do everything he can to resolve any pressing issues his star striker may have regarding his role at the club.
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