Can Manchester City Do Without Sergio Aguero?

Sergio Aguero has proved he is an enduring world-class quality with a smooth finish around Mignolet for Manchester City’s first and his unselfishness when he gave Jesus the ball for the third goal when he could have scored himself.

However, there has been heavy speculations and debate whether the 29-year-old Argentine forward is part of Guardiola’s long-term plan at Etihad Stadium.

Sergio Aguero started on the bench in City’s recent win at Bournemouth and City manager Pep Guardiola was keen to conclude a £60m deal for Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez on deadline day.

For all the romantic notions of Guardiola’s purist approach to the game, there must surely be an element of pragmatism that will tell the Catalan he simply cannot do without the man who is still a goalscorer of the highest class, a player who can still make the crucial difference.

Aguero’s first goal for City was his 171st for the club, leaving him only six short of equalling Eric Brook as the club’s greatest scorer. Brook took 453 appearances to reach his 177 between 1928 and 1940 – this game was Aguero’s 257th.

According to the BBC, the Argentina striker is also now the top scoring non-European player in the Premier League history, with 124 goals, having overtaken Trinidad and Tobago international Dwight Yorke who scored 123.

Pep Guardiola may want to bring in a striker that will become his long-term plan for the future, but for now, Sergio Aguero is a force to reckon with at the Etihad Stadium.

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