As Good as Aguero Is, He May Come Up Short in Golden Boot Race
Sergio Aguero reinforced the view that he is one of the greatest strikers to have graced the Premier League with his two-goal blast as Manchester City beat Chelsea in the Community Shield, but he is still one to have reservations about in the Golden Boot market.
Aguero’s two goals at Wembley took his tally for City to 201, and manager Pep Guardiola is expecting big things from the Argentina international following surgery to free up a know problem at the end of last term.
“Sergio always has a little bit with his physicality. Maybe he needs a little bit more time to take his physical condition,” Guardiola said, per the Manchester Evening News. “But he arrived so sharp, so good after his knee operation at the end of last season.
“He suffered the previous years with a little bit of a problem and Ramon Cugat – the best doctor in the world – made the perfect surgery and now he feels free.
“I think it’s good news for us for the season. He scored two goals, produced chances, he could have scored three or four or five. That is good.”
After the win over Chelsea, Aguero claimed that his knee feels like new, and that is a worry for defenders up and down the Premier League.
He can be backed at 8.00 with 188BET to add a second Golden Boot prize to the one he claimed in the 2014/15 season.
Supporting a striker as brilliant as Aguero has obvious merits, but the sneaking feeling is that he will not play enough games to keep tabs on the likes of Harry Kane, Mo Salah, Romelu Lukaku and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Aguero seems certain to be given the nod to lead the line when City open the defence of their title against Arsenal on Sunday, but in all likelihood he will have to content himself with a share of the starts when Gabriel Jesus returns to full fitness.
The 30-year-old Aguero has adapted his game to become more than a mere penalty-box predator, which is what Guardiola demanded of him, but the City manager does prefer the all-round game of Jesus.
It’s not that Aguero will be restricted to the role of bench warmer, but there are occasions when Guardiola will opt for Jesus to lead the line and that is the reason why we are not keen to back him in the Golden Boot battle.
Kane, Salah, Lukaku and Aubameyang are guaranteed starters when available and weight of numbers could prevent Aguero from muscling in on a battle he would otherwise be well up to winning.
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