There is a brewing storm involving Sergio Aguero, Manchester City’s top scorer and a key component in their top-four bid in the Premier League this season.
That storm comes in the form of new recruit Gabriel Jesus, a promising Brazilian talent with a knack for scoring goals just like the Argentine striker.
Talks swirled that by next season, Jesus would become City’s leading attacker and manager Pep Guardiola will put Aguero to the second fiddle’s role.
But before City fans turn livid, that remains to be seen because the 28-year-old Aguero is still City’s main man up front.
He has scored 31 goals this season and 167 for City since signing in 2011, placing him second on the club’s all-time list.
At present, he is fifth in the Premier League scoring parade with 18 goals to his credit.
Moreover, he has now scored 10 goals in his last 10 games for City in all competitions.
At the rate the goals are pouring in, Aguero will have no problem surpassing Eric Brook’s club record 178 early next season and carve his name into the club’s history books.
And only last Wednesday, Aguero played a major role in their 3-0 annihilation of West Brom at the Etihad Stadium, providing an assist to Yaya Toure for their third goal in the 57th minute.
That win all but secured City a ticket to the Champions League next season. They just need a point against Watford in the final day of fixtures on Sunday, May 21, and they’re in!
The Argentinian has been a favourite of City faithful since he arrived in 2011 and will forever be idolised for his dramatic, late strike of 2012 – a 94th minute winner against Queens Park Rangers that gave City their first league title in 44 years.
There may be times when he is not ringing the bell for the team but he is unstoppable when he is on fire.
Nevertheless, controversies come like a thief in the night.
The suspicion that Guardiola would prefer Jesus should not distract Aguero.
After Aguero was dropped for Jesus in January and regained his place after the Brazilian broke a bone in his foot, he rose to the challenge, scoring 13 in a run of 14 games and was lauded by Guardiola for his all-around performance.
If such feat were to be the gauge, the 5-foot-8 Aguero, whose nickname “Kun’’ features on his No. 10 shirt, is sure to remain with City beyond this summer or perhaps for a few more seasons.
Besides, we believe it is still too early to rely much on Jesus and there is still plenty of room for his improvement.
The changing of the guard at City could happen, alright. Not in the near future though.
And if it does, that would be when Aguero’s form wanes and Jesus’s soars.
A win-win solution for City and Guardiola is for the two to be molded into a fearsome 1-2 punch in the attack which will be heavily backed by Raheem Sterling, Kevin de Bruyne and David Silva.
That would certainly serve City in good stead.
We just hope ego will give way and harmony comes in.
Being a veteran, Aguero knows that and he could probably flash a grin that means he agrees to anything that will benefit himself and City as a whole.