There’s no doubting the importance of Sergio Aguero for Manchester City. However, with Pep Guardiola coming in as their new manager, could the injury-prone forward become the forgotten man at the hands of Nigerian prospect, Kelechi Iheanacho? The flashy forward has it all, and he’s already a fans’ favourite, but can he take the star striking spot this coming season?
Sergio is a sensational talent, and one that City need. However, Pep has never been a fan of players that are often injured; he isn’t afraid to ‘cut the cord’. Kelechi is young, healthy and already proven at Premier League level. If Sergio continues to get injuries, and Kelechi continues to buzz around the pitch in energetic fashion, he might quickly become Pep’s go-to option.
The Nigeria international works extremely hard and he should be a great fit for Pep. His teams are often the hardest working ones in Europe, so Kelechi’s willingness to chase the game will without a doubt create instant admiration from Pep.
Iheanacho has scored a goal for his country, but his heart is firmly on getting back to club football in the coming months.
“There is a great manager coming in and you have to be happy about that. We will work with him and he will be choosing the players he wants to work with next season so it’s a case of working hard and seeing what happens.”
— Mackelvin Clement (@mackelvin69) June 1, 2016
There’s no doubt that both forwards will get the chance to form a partnership under Pep. But what if Sergio gets injured? If that happens and a Kelechi-led team hits terrific form, Pep won’t budge and instantly recall Aguero. That’s right, the Nigerian star could take the star role at the Etihad.
Sergio simply HAS to stay fit and available for selection as Pep isn’t as forgiving as Manuel Pellegrini. Let’s face it, Kelechi is a mere footballing baby compared to Sergio but he’s going to become the main man sooner or later.
We are looking at a new era for City’s forwards and Guardiola must make sure he doesn’t stunt the development of Iheanacho, even if it comes at the price of losing Aguero.