Aguero feels heat
Pep and City have gone 5 games without a win
Sergio Aguero’s Manchester City place could be under threat as he struggles to adapt to life under new Etihad boss Pep Guardiola.
That’s the view of former England man Phil Neville, who has questioned whether Argentinian star Aguero can adapt to the role Guardiola is demanding of him.
Aguero has a startling City record - 147 goals in 219 appearances and two Premier League titles - but was surprisingly left out of the heavy Champions League defeat by Barcelona this week before returning to start in Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Southampton at The Etihad.
That said, Match of the Day pundit Neville believes both City and Aguero are still adapting to the way former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss Guardiola wants them to play.
“I’m slightly worried for Aguero because sometimes Pep doesn’t like centre forwards in his team at all,’ said the Manchester United legend.
“He likes them to be flexible and he likes them to be able to play out wide. He did it with (Thierry) Henry at Barcelona, with David Villa as well and Thomas Muller at Bayern Munich.
“You have to be adaptable to play centre forward with Guardiola. Aguero didn’t get picked against Barcelona and in the second half (against Southampton) he played in a different position and he only got into the opposition box four times.
“It’s not enough for a player of his quality.”
City fans would struggle to comprehend any criticism of Aguero, a man whose goals have delivered the club the sort of success they could only have dreamed about in years gone by.
Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero shoots at goal under pressure from Southampton’s Virgil van Dijk .