Sergio Aguero is still an important player at Man City, Pep Guardiola insists

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Sergio Aguero is the all-time highest goalscorer at Manchester City but this season has been very tough for him due to series of injuries that forced him out of the game in most parts of the season.

He was first hit by a knee injury towards the end of the 2019-2020 season which did not allow him to start this season with Manchester City. The 32-year-old Argentine striker returned briefly on October 16 and then developed a hamstring injury on October 25, 2020.

So far this season, Sergio Aguero has had at least four cases that forced him out of the game including coronavirus infection in January 2021. Due to his fitness issues, he has managed to play only 6 Premier League games this season mostly from the bench. In the 6 Premier League appearances, the prolific striker is yet to record a goal nor an assist.

The only competition in which Sergio Aguero has scored goals this season is in the Champions League. He has recorded two goals so far and Manchester City are still very much in the competition.

Due to fitness issues and his Premier League form this season, the Argentine prolific striker has not contributed much in the beautiful run of Manchester City in the Premier League. The club has scored a total number of 52 goals which helped them to the first spot on the league table with 62 points in 26 games, 12 points ahead of second-placed Manchester United.

Sergio Aguero.
Sergio Aguero.

On Saturday, February 27, coach Pep Guardiola gave him a chance to start in the Premier League game against West Ham United and the Argentine football icon played for 61 minutes and didn’t score any goal before he was substituted.

Few minutes after he left the match, Manchester City scored the match-winning goal in the 68th minute through the boots of John Stones which ended the game 2-1 in favor of City.

Despite the current negative state of Sergio Aguero which has not affected the positive state of Manchester City, the coach of the club insisted that the club would help the striker, adding that the table-toppers still need him this season.

He however stressed that no matter how difficult it is for him to make his team selection, players would not be selected based on sentiments but those who deserve to play would be given a chance.

“We want to help him but at the same time, Raheem (Sterling), Phil (Foden), and Bernardo (Silva) didn’t play. I try to handle it for everyone to be involved and part of it,” Guardiola said.

“Some players deserved to play but didn’t. That is why it is difficult for all the managers when you have a squad.

“You have to be patient and use the good moments as much as possible. Players performing well have more chances to play than the other ones.”

He added that: “Sergio has been one year injured. It is a lot of time. He played two or three games and then got injured again and was out.

“I always think we need him in this part of the season, in the right moments, because he has a special talent and quality. He’s going to help.

“But we have not denied that he needs time. The positive is he played 50-60 minutes and that is good for his legs. He has to continue training well and be positive.

“There will be games that will be tight and difficult and we will need ‘Kun’. We need guys who can score a goal and the best guy in those terms is him. He knows it from day one.

“I know Sergio is so important for us. He is the most important person for this club, he scored the most important goal, he was part of all the success.”

Sergio Aguero has less than four months to the end of his contract with Manchester City and the club has not started discussing a contract extension with him. However, that will not stop the club to continue using him in games as far as he is fit enough to play.

Aguero might be a part of the City’s team that will face Wolves on Tuesday, March 2, at the Etihad Stadium. The kick-off time for the match is 21:00.