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Man City already have their Sergio Aguero replacement

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Over the course of the past decade, Manchester City have been the Premier League's dominant side.

The club have won the title in four of the last eight seasons, with the spine of Vincent Kompany, Yaya Toure, David Silva and Sergio Aguero delivering plenty of the key moments along the way.

However, Kompany and Toure are no longer at the club and Silva is departing at the end of the current campaign. Aguero will soon to be the last remaining star from City's 2011/12 title-winning squad.

Aguero's contract is due to expire next year and he previously made it clear he wants to retire in his home country of Argentina. So what does life without Aguero look like?

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Aguero is a remarkably consistent goalscorer, with a minimum of 20 bagged every season in the Premier League since 2014 excluding the current campaign, although he's only four goals away with ten matches left to play.

Over that time, Aguero's highest shot average was 5.2 per 90, compared to his lowest of 4.2 per 90 - which is still an incredibly high figure compared to the typical attacker.

Mohamed Salah's average this season is 3.9 shots per 90, for example, compared to Marcus Rashford who is posting 3.5, and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang on 2.5.

Aguero's assist numbers aren't quite as impressive, with him yet to post double figures in a single Premier League season, but his lack of creation for others stems from his role as the finisher of moves for City.

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Some strikers are presented with alternative responsibilities, such as providing a link in the final third, holding up the ball or essentially acting as a nuisance, but for most of his City career, Aguero has simply been the man to find the net at the Etihad.

Almost everybody has an opinion on whether Gabriel Jesus is a complete enough player to be an heir to his throne, but there's enough reason to suggest that the Brazilian is a ready-made replacement.

Jesus is still just 23 years old, yet has 37 Premier League goals to his name. He shoots almost as often as Aguero, with his 4.6 attempts per 90 this year being his best since transferring from Palmeiras in 2017.

Aguero's 2019/20 Premier League shot map compared to Jesus' (Image: Understat)

When Aguero does leave, Jesus should be on the verge of entering his prime considering peak years in football are commonly understood to be between ages 25 and 29.

Jesus may not yet offer the all-round quality that Aguero does, but he certainly has an ability to gain chances in and around the penalty box, and he also tends to be more intense without possession, which suits the trend of the modern game.

The Brazilian forward is averaging 21.6 pressures per 90 in the Premier League this season compared to Aguero's 14.2, with those defined as the number of times applying pressure to an opposing player who is receiving, carrying or releasing the ball.

Ultimately, although City will eventually have to replace Aguero's presence with another striker to fill a void in the squad, there's a definite argument that the primary role should be presented to Jesus.

He's not yet reached the peak of his powers, but that's likely to be on the verge of happening and when it does, he'll become City's 20 goals per season man while showcasing greater defensive endeavour than those who came before.




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