He may have scored 13 goals in 18 appearances for Manchester City this season but Sergio Aguero will have to spend today’s match against Burnley on the bench after Pep Guardiola made a massive call with his team selection.
The Spaniard has brought in Kelechi Iheanacho to replace the striker for this afternoon’s game against Burnley.
Aguero returned to the City side against Liverpool after suspension for a horror tackle on David Luiz and failed to impact the game whatsoever as City fell to a 1-0 defeat.
In fact, the striker failed to touch the ball inside the box once, the Liverpool defence swamping the Argentinian across the 90 minutes.
0 – Sergio Aguero didn't have a single touch of the ball in the Liverpool box in his 90 minute appearance today. Stifled.
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) December 31, 2016
Given he spent the four games prior to Anfield suspended, it’s unlikely he’s being rested today, so being named on the bench seems like a tactical decision from Guardiola.
It’s a decision that is obviously provoking a reaction with Manchester City fans. Some understand it, some can’t believe it.
The strength of feeling is understandable, their club badly need a victory to keep pace with the rest of the sides in the top four. Dropped points today would be a massive blow with Spurs and Manchester United in excellent form around them.
Supporters took to Twitter to let their feelings known about Guardiola’s call…
Aguero rested? I would accept 'rested' if he hadn't had a month off. He's been dropped coupled with playing Burnley. Possible risk?
— Mich Blue (@MichBlue1) January 2, 2017
Jesus isn't even here yet and he's already pushed Aguero out the team
— Cal (@CalMCFC_) January 2, 2017
I'm happy pep has benched Aguero but what did stones n silva do wrong?? Hopefully we batter Burnley but it'll probz be a close 2-0 win
— Mason (@Masonmcfc_) January 2, 2017
Unless unfit, why would you not play aguero at home, against Burnley.
— Daniel (@danielcity22) January 2, 2017
Doesn't start ihenacho once when Aguero was out suspended , Agueros back and he starts him what's that about ????
— Jake Kirkham (@JakeKirkham1) January 2, 2017
Is Aguero heading down the Joe Hart road? Getting very odd these team selections.If you doesn't trust ur £50million C/H why did we buy him?
— DAVYLEFT.OBE.MBE.???? (@davywright65) January 2, 2017
I'm Aguero's biggest fan – still think he's the best in the league – but nice to see Aguero dropped, should motivate him a bit more
— Sigh (@TxikiNandos) January 2, 2017
Aguero on the bench pic.twitter.com/BISChsrYKt
— Matty Fraser (@MJFraser23) January 2, 2017