Argentinian’s strike rate is up there with the best but only now is Manchester City’s all-time top scorer convincing his manager he is the finished article
Manchester City beat Huddersfield 5-1 in an FA Cup fifth-round replay in March last year. Sergio Agüero scored twice but post-match discussion centred largely on whether he had a future at the club. Pep Guardiola had made it clear he felt there were elements of the Argentinian’s game that did not fit with his vision and had brought in Gabriel Jesus with a view, it seemed, to easing him out.
That evening Guardiola’s mood was irritable, as it tends to be when he is forced into evasion. He had, he said, answered the question of Agüero’s future “10 times”; more accurately, he had been asked the same question 10 times. “The media knows my opinion,” he added. By that point, his squirming meant everybody did and perhaps, had Jesus not suffered a knee injury that let Agüero back into the side, the Argentinian would have left.