Tuesday, September 27, 2022

In-Form Manchester City Striker Now Out For Six-Weeks: Options For Pep In His Absence

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Anirban Sarkar
Anirban Sarkar is a former columnist of The 4th Official. A huge East Bengal fan and has travelled over 1000 miles to see his team in action.

Sergio Aguero’s sudden injury has put Pep Guardiola in a bit of a limbo. The Argentine striker broke his rib in an unfortunate incident in Amsterdam and has been ruled out for minimum six weeks. Manchester City have been on a smooth run but now Guardiola only has Gabriel Jesus as an out and out striker at his disposal and so it remains to be seen how he deals with this situation.

Aguero was returning from a music concert in the Dutch capital and was on his way to the airport when the taxi he was riding in rammed to a column on the side of the road. The Argentine international has been advised complete bed rest and with a number of crucial fixtures ahead, the Sky Blues will have to find an alternative plan in his absence.

The attacking contingent of City is arguably one of the best in Europe but losing a player like Aguero is definitely a big blow personally to the Argentine, who is only a goal away from becoming the joint top scorer for the Citizens.

Let us take a brief overview of how Manchester City can cope up without Sergio Aguero in the upcoming weeks.

Gabriel Jesus

The Brazilian youngster has been impressive ever since he arrived in Manchester. Jesus stole the show and put Aguero’s position in danger last season but an injury to him paved the way for the Argentine.

No matter what, he will be the obvious choice to replace Aguero upfront and his tender age will be a big help for the gaffer as he won’t feel the burden of replacing the star Argentine.

Jesus had one of the best goals per game ratio last season and would be looking forward to continuing the menace.

Raheem Sterling

Definitely the find of this season. The English international has been in the form of his life and has thrived this season. His position was in danger following the arrival of Bernardo Silva but the player has been graceful and looked effortless this season which has been the main reason behind his rise.

Added to that he has been often criticised for his poor finishing but the 22-year-old has worked tirelessly on this aspect and the result is clearly evident.

Brahim Diaz

The youngster made all the way to the first team and now that Aguero is unavailable for a prolonged period, he might get the chances which he might have been craving for a long time. He has been with the squad for a long time and this could be the opportunity for him to cement a place in the starting lineup.

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