Sergio Aguero is leaving Manchester Metropolis so who will exchange the membership’s all-time prime goalscorer on the Etihad?
Metropolis have identified Aguero’s time was coming to an finish for some whereas. The 32-year-old has scored just one Premier League objective this season, and has made solely 11 begins within the league for the reason that starting of 2020.
The membership’s ahead planning, led by director of soccer Txiki Begiristain and chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak, has seen the Metropolis win 4 Premier League titles within the final eight years, with a fifth trying doubtless forward of Aguero’s departure.
However arguably, no participant Metropolis have needed to exchange to date has had the affect of Aguero – who has scored nearly 1 / 4 of their Premier League objectives over the past decade.
So who’s within the body to step up and grow to be the following main man on the Etihad?
A person with Haaland’s high quality isn’t going to be removed from the highest of the checklist for a staff like Metropolis, however in contrast to many different potential successors, the membership already has a private draw for the Norway worldwide.
Haaland’s father, Alf-Inge, performed for Metropolis within the early 2000s and Erling has been pictured in a sky blue shirt from round that point. Issues have moved on so much since then, however having scored 33 objectives in 31 video games within the Bundesliga this season, and nonetheless on the tender age of 20, there are fewer hotter prospects in world soccer – if Metropolis need a star striker to guide the road for the following decade, this might be their man.
“The power he has, he believes a lot in himself,” three-time Premier League Golden Boot winner Thierry Henry informed Sky Sports activities of Haaland’s expertise. “There’s a little bit of cockiness about him, in the event you can name it that. It’s important to take a look at folks and say, I’ll rating.
“He does not care about something aside from the objective. Different gamers will go vast however he desires to remain in entrance of the online, between the posts, he is aware of he is deadly there.
“He does not wish to go wherever else than to attain objectives. That is on his thoughts. It isn’t center, vast, it is center, center. He desires to attain objectives.”
Haaland’s expertise has not been restricted for the Bundesliga. He’s already the youngest participant in historical past to attain 20 Champions League objectives.
Amid a stormy season for Borussia Dortmund, does his livid response to their 2-2 draw at relegation-battlers Cologne earlier than the worldwide break sign all is just not effectively in Germany?
Former Manchester Metropolis midfielder Richard Dunne thinks he can be a ‘good match’ on the Etihad.
He informed Sky Sports activities Information: “Metropolis have performed with out a conventional quantity 9 in plenty of video games, however over the course of a season you’ll nonetheless want to have it.
“Haaland’s an amazing participant, the potential he is obtained, the objectives he is scoring, listening to him in interviews his mentality appears spot on.
“He’ll be thrilling to return to the Premier League, it might be good to see him at Metropolis. The best way they play would go well with him, he likes to be within the field and rating objectives, and the variety of alternatives they create can be phenomenal. He appears to be like hungry, with the identical mentality as Aguero has, so if he desires to return I am positive he would slot in completely.”
When on the fringes of the Liverpool first staff and battling recurring accidents only some years in the past, you wouldn’t have thought Danny Ings can be a possible Aguero successor – however a spell on the south coast with Southampton may barely have gone any higher for the now-England striker.
Definitely, it has confirmed sufficient for Metropolis to take an curiosity within the 28-year-old, who is correct in his prime and has scored 30 objectives in 52 Premier League begins for the reason that starting of 2019/20.
In January the Each day Telegraph Ings has focused a return to a Champions League membership this yr, which has stopped him from signing a brand new deal at St Mary’s, whereas Sky Sports activities understands the ex-Burnley man is considered by the Metropolis hierarchy as a extra inexpensive various to Haaland, who is predicted to value in extra of £100m.
Is that this the time? Harry Kane’s future is never removed from the again pages, however after the England captain revealed he would determine his destiny after the European Championships this summer season, and with Roy Keane insisting he should depart Tottenham, hypothesis over his subsequent transfer has by no means been louder.
A transfer to Manchester United has been mooted for years but when silverware is his foremost purpose, as he eluded to in additional pointed feedback throughout final yr’s lockdown, latest type suggests neighbours Manchester Metropolis can be his finest guess.
“It is a laborious query to reply proper now,” mentioned Kane when requested about his future, turning down the chance to commit himself to his boyhood membership.
That prompted Keane to inform ITV: “If you’re a prime participant you wish to win the massive trophies. There is a large few months arising for Tottenham – the League Cup ultimate and might they get into the highest 4? That is an enormous query mark, will it affect him?
“He is underneath contract and Tottenham can have so much to say about it. However in case you are in his footwear this summer season, l suppose he has to maneuver to win the massive prizes. He isn’t going to do it at Tottenham.”
However is he an attainable goal? Sky Sports activities Information’ Kaveh Solhekol thinks not. He mentioned: “The information of the scenario are that Kane has by no means mentioned he desires to go away Tottenham. He has greater than three years left on his contract, and due to the pandemic, I believe it will be nearly unimaginable for anybody to afford him this summer season.
“Spurs are within the League Cup ultimate, so he may win a trophy towards Manchester Metropolis in April, and solely three factors off a Champions League spot.”
One other striker to cross the town divide? Former Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku is admired by Pep Guardiola, in line with studies, and has discovered type once more underneath Antonio Conte at Inter Milan, who look prone to win Serie A this season.
Lukaku may comply with within the footsteps of Andy Cole and Carlos Tevez in having fun with profitable spells on either side of Manchester, though the Each day Mail claims he’s not prone to depart the San Siro whereas Conte, for whom he has scored 42 league objectives in 56 begins, is in cost.
Gabriel Jesus, Kevin De Bruyne?
Is the person to comply with Aguero already at Eastlands? Kevin De Bruyne has deputised in a false-nine place at instances this season, and given Metropolis’s lung-busting run to the highest of the desk in that point, they haven’t missed out on a conventional out-and-out striker in that point.
Maybe it’s time for Gabriel Jesus to step as much as the plate. The 23-year-old has by no means totally lived as much as the gorgeous 13 objectives in 19 video games which began his Metropolis profession in 2016/17, however 28 objectives in 44 begins from the two-and-a-half seasons since is just not dangerous going. Jesus has typically discovered Aguero a troublesome object to maneuver – and now, as the one different quantity 9 at present on Metropolis’s books, he has by no means had a greater alternative to stake his personal declare.