There is no doubt that Man City striker Sergio Aguero has been one of Europe’s top performers so far this season. The Argentine has scored 19 goals in 21 games in all competitions, with 14 coming in just 15 Premier League outings.
Since joining Man City in 2011 from Athletico Madrid, he has been one of the most consistent strikers in European football, netting 66 league goals in 102 matches. This means he has the lowest minute per goal ratio in Premier League history, a fantastic achievement for a man already into his fourth Premier League season and with his type of injury record.
So with the news that his injury sustained against Everton this past Saturday may rule him out for one or two months, Man City have been dealt a huge blow. City will obviously be hoping he misses as little time as possible, but injury is becoming a regular occurrence for the little genius. He already missed the crunch Champions League match against Roma, in which City won and will miss the all important Christmas period where fixtures come thick and fast in the Premier League.
While of course any team would miss a player like Aguero, the question is – can Manchester City cope without him?
If the Argentine striker is only out for a month then he’ll miss five or six league matches but these are fixtures in which Man City should really be picking up close to maximum points without him. However, the real test for Man City will be if he misses any longer. In mid to late January they have Everton, Arsenal and the potential title-decider against Chelsea in a row – and Manuel Pellegrini will be desperate to have Aguero back for these fixtures.
If last season is anything to go by, then there may yet be hope for City. Aguero missed nearly half the Premier League season last term, but despite this they still went on to clinch their second league title in three years.
Of course, Chelsea weren’t as strong as they are now but they still had to come from behind to secure the title. They also had Edin Dzeko and Alvaro Negredo firing in his absence but this year round things are different. Negredo is on loan to Valencia whilst Dzeko and Stevan Jovetic have scored just 8 goals between them in all competitions.
The two will be getting more of an opportunity now, and Dzeko has proven his goal scoring capabilities in the past. There have also been talks of re-calling Negredo but if the reason City got rid of him was down to keeping in line with financial fair play, it would be unlikely they would be getting him back any time soon.
There is also the option to play only one of the two up front and have the likes of Samir Nasri, Frank Lampard, Yaya Toure or David Silva playing a more attacking role just behind the striker. Whatever the answer may be with a squad of the size, strength and quality of Man City they still possess enough firepower to be able to cope without Sergio Aguero.