Sergio Aguero showed his class on Wednesday evening, grabbing a goal from the bench on his return from injury against Marseille in the Champions League, which once again begs the question, how are the Citizens going to replace the legendary Argentinian?
However, with his contract with the club set to expire at the end of the current season, City will surely be considering how they can replace the 32-year-old, as Gabriel Jesus looks unlikely at this moment in time to ever reach Aguero’s goalscoring level.
Fortunately for City, they have a plethora of talents in the youth academy, including 17-year-old Liam Delap.
The young striker, who is the son of former Stoke City throw-in legend Rory, made his debut for the Citizens’ first-team earlier this season and marked the occasion with a goal, scoring with a superb effort in City’s 2-1 win against Bournemouth in the Carabao Cup.
Following that game, Guardiola was complimentary of the teenager, saying:
“He’s a different striker to what we have in terms of physicality.
“We see in training how good a finisher he is. Now he has to be calm and keep working. We are delighted with his performance – he played really well.”
Of course, Delap is unlikely to be a first-team regular at City anytime soon, but his superb record with the U23s so far this season certainly suggests that he has an eye for goal and has a bright future with the club.
In seven appearances in the Premier League 2, he has contributed six goals and one assist, which is an outstanding return when you consider he is just 17.
Delap was also rewarded with a Premier League debut earlier in the season but it was a much less happy occasion for the youngster, as the Citizens were on the end of a 5-2 thrashing by Leicester City.
However, if he can continue to impress with the academy sides, perhaps we could see him step up as Aguero’s replacement next season, as his goal record in his career thus far certainly suggests that he could be a success in Guardiola’s side.
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