Aguero feels heat

Pep and City have gone 5 games with­out a win

The Star (Kenya) - - Sports International Football -

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.

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Manch­ester City’s Ser­gio Aguero shoots at goal un­der pres­sure from Southamp­ton’s Vir­gil van Dijk .

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