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Opinion: Keeping Aguero at the Etihad is one of Guardiola’s greatest ever managerial decisions

Opinion: Keeping Aguero at the Etihad is one of Guardiola’s greatest ever managerial decisions

Other than the signing of Riyad Mahrez, nothing really noticeable has happened at Manchester City this summer in regards to transfers. 

And the Premier League champions display in the Community Shield against Chelsea was evidence of why this has been the case.

Pep Guardiola’s men brushed the Blues aside in a 2-0 victory and, during parts of the second half, it would not be extreme to say the 30-point gap from last season between the two sides was clearly visible.

Sergio Aguero, in particular, put in a centre-forward display of the highest quality and it was his two goals — which were also incredibly his 200th and 201st for the club — that fired Manchester City to their third piece of silverware under Guardiola.

Undoubtedly, the £72m-rated (via Transfermarkt) Argentinian sticking around at the Etihad — something that has not always seemed a certainty — has been great news for the Citizens.

Guardiola’s decision to drop Aguero for Gabriel Jesus after the Brazilian’s arrival in England back in January 2017 had unsettled the 30-year-old, according to multiple outlets including the Daily Mirror.

However, Aguero has since become a key player for Manchester City again after that little patch he endured out of the starting XI and his goal record despite the competition of Jesus and injuries is still phenomenal.

Under Guardiola in all competitions, Aguero has scored 63 goals in 94 games and while he is rightly applauded for his efficiency in front of goal, the Argentina international offers so much more than that.

He is the complete centre-forward, able to hold up the ball, link up play, dribble past opponents and carve out opportunities for his team-mates.

In Sergio Aguero, Guardiola and Manchester City have one of the greatest No.9s the Premier League has ever seen.

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