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Manchester City Striker Gathering Interest From France: Why Guardiola Should Keep Him In His Team

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Abhinab Ghosh
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In a recent appearance with Canal+’s Late Football Club show, agent Bruno Satin has revealed that Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero is gathering interest from France as the new Paris Saint-Germain manager Mauricio Pochettino is prioritising on a summer move for the Argentine marksman whose current contract with Man City will run out at the end of this campaign.

Aguero’s Injury-Ravaged Season In English Football

The 32-year-old has endured a frustrating season at the Etihad Stadium as he has missed several matches in the Premier League due to a knee injury and later, a hamstring problem. Aguero has registered just two goals in nine appearances for the Mancunian outfit this term in various competitions.

The Buenos Aires-born talent has experienced a significant drop in form after he banged in 23 goals in 32 matches for Man City last season. He was also consistent with his offensive contributions in the previous campaign when he averaged 3.2 shots, 0.8 key passes and 1.0 dribble per game in the English first division. Aguero was also relatively accurate with his ball-distribution as evident from his pass completion rate of 80.5% in league football (stats via whoscored).

The veteran striker has got less than six months remaining on his Man City contract which signifies an end of an era for him as he has been such a great servant to the Mancunian club thus far. At 32, Aguero is past his prime, so he might be tempted with a chance to ply his trade in France under his fellow countryman Mauricio Pochettino’s stewardship in Paris.

Manchester City's Sergio Aguero gathering interest from France (Aguero is seen in the photo)
Sergio Aguero of Manchester City celebrates scoring his first goal during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Crystal Palace at Etihad Stadium on January 18, 2020, in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

What Are The Argentine Striker’s Best Attributes?

Despite losing a yard of pace from his game, Aguero can still be a lethal presence in the final third as he has still got killer instincts in the final third. He still has what it takes to be a match-winner when playing with confidence on the field.

The 97-time Argentina international has made a career of being a consistent goal-scorer at the highest level. He can also complete some dangerous dribbles in the opposition half and is proficient at generating space for himself to get a few shots in on-target. However, at 32, father time is slowly but surely catching up with Aguero, which is why he is not a guaranteed starter at the Etihad Stadium anymore.

Why Man City Need To Keep Hold Of Aguero Beyond Next Summer

The Argentine sensation has got years of experience in his locker that makes him a good role model in Pep Guardiola’s dressing room. Hence, the reigning EFL Cup holders should consider tying Aguero down to a new, short-term deal as he might still have a lot to offer in the upcoming campaign. Gabriel Jesus has been far from prolific during Aguero’s injury absence, so Guardiola would be wise to retain the Argentine’s services beyond the end of his current deal.

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