An ongoing topic of discussion among Manchester City fans has been about Kun Aguero’s immediate future with the club. Despite playing the majority of the minutes for City’s double-winning campaign, the Argentine’s starting spot has not been guaranteed for the succeeding season.
Pep Guardiola has chosen to field Jesus in the crucial fixtures in the later stage of the campaign. If it were not for the Brazilian’s injury, Aguero might have been reduced to an occasional appearance of a second string forward. That would have been unfair to the veteran who has served the club remarkably well over the past 7 seasons. Now reports have surfaced talking about Pep Guardiola’s newfound interest in keeping him at the club for the foreseeable future.
At 29 years of age, the centre-forward has shown no signs of slowing down, scoring 30 goals in 39 games this campaign. He still has an excellent turn of pace and the low centre of gravity to beat defenders on the dribble. His finishing could hardly get any better, being at the world-class level it already is. Aguero has proven time and time again that his abilities should not be questioned by any means and the Citizens should be lucky to still have him on the team.
It is a massive boost for the City fans to hear about Guardiola’s intentions of keeping the esteemed striker. The Spanish manager is well aware of the talent he brings to the table and how important his role is at the club.
Guardiola has been found raving about the centre-forwards footballing qualities and also about the squad depth he would require to win multiple honours. The quadruple or at least the treble was very much in City’s grasp this season, judging by the overpowering dominance they showed in the domestic fixtures (winning the Premier League with record number of goals and points and thrashing Arsenal by 3 goals to nil in the Carabo Cup Final).
It was almost a shock to see Liverpool topple them by an aggregate 5-1 scoreline in the UEFA Champions League Quarter Finals. Guardiola might have answered his critics by winning two trophies in only his second season in England but he still has ways to go before he can earn the ‘Greatest Manager’ tag.
The owners have been quite generous in providing him with the required funds to pursue high profile names. Guardiola is not yet done making full use of the war chest of a transfer budget as he plans on making more signings in the summer window.
Young, athletic and technically adept footballers seem to be high on his shortlist and are expected to cost sky-high prices as well.
Hence, it would be wise to keep veteran players like Aguero, Fernandinho and Vincent Kompany in the squad to maintain the balance between youthful enthusiasm and experienced leadership.