Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has insisted the blues still need striker Sergio Aguero despite the Argentine hitman’s injury issues this season.
Aguero has barely featured in City’s league campaign and is yet to get on the scoresheet in the Premier League, but Guardiola says City need the striker. “The numbers speak for themselves. He is the best striker in our history. We need Aguero.”
City’s top scorer has only made 5 appearances this season after missing the start of the season while recovering from a knee operation. Aguero has been on the bench for much of the campaign, and was set to return for the FA Cup tie with Birmingham, but was sidelined due to self-isolation after contracting Covid-19. It will also keep him out of Wednesday’s home match against Aston Villa.
And Guardiola ruled out the possibility of the blues signing another striker during the January transfer window. The blues have not been as potent in front of goal this season, scoring 29 in the Premier League, however an improved defensive situation has assisted their rise up the table, and victory over Villa on Wednesday could see the blues top the league for the first time this season.
Aguero has scored 256 goals in his nine and a half seasons with the blues to become City’s all-time top goalscorer, and Guardiola will no doubt be looking forward to his return. “Sergio is a player who can create for himself and win a game by himself but he has not been with us for a long time. When we didn’t have him we could have started complaining but we did completely the opposite.
“We want him back as soon as possible. But at the same time, we have to go forward and we have done that because of the quality and skills that we have.”