Sergio Aguero made his Manchester City return in the 2-0 win against Borussia Monchengladbach after more than a month on the sidelines but the Citizens should still bring an end to his time with the club in the summer.
Unfortunately for the legendary Argentinian, injury issues have caught up with him in recent seasons, and he has managed just five appearances in the Premier League this season, of which three have come from the bench.
City have found success with a strikerless formation in recent months, and with his contract set to expire in the summer, it looks increasingly likely that his time at the Etihad will come to an end in the near future.
Since signing from Atletico Madrid in 2011, Aguero has gone to make 380 appearances for the Citizens, contributing 256 goals – which is enough to have seen him become the record goalscorer at the club.
However, with City widely expected to bring in a world-class centre-forward in the summer, with Erling Haaland seemingly top of their list, Aguero would surely fall even further down the pecking order should he extend his stay with the club.
A mixture of injury issues and the current viral outbreak have seriously limited his game time this season and it will be interesting to see if he can force his way back into Pep Guardiola’s side when they are in such good form.
If he doesn’t get regular game time, it would not be a surprise to see the £31.5 million-rated striker depart in the summer, especially with the likes of Atletico Madrid and Barcelona having been credited with an interest in the 32-year-old in recent weeks.
Rather than seeing him potentially waste away at City, sporting director Txiki Begiristain should instead allow him to depart this summer so he can prolong his career elsewhere, although hopefully fans will be able to attend a potential testimonial before he leaves for good, as he will undoubtedly go down as a City legend.