Wednesday was a sad day for all Manchester City fans as Sergio Aguero announced he would be retiring.
Although the news signalled a sadly abrupt end to an illustrious career, Aguero will go down as one of the very best strikers to ever grace the Premier League.
As part of the MEN’s latest Facebook Live, City is Ours writer Alex Brotherton was accompanied by OneFootball’s Dan Burke (DB) and former FourFourTwo writer Andy Murray (AM) to discuss City legend Aguero and who could be the heir to his throne at the Etihad.
DB: “You look at the way City play at the moment, they’ve scored seven goals against Leeds the other night and you almost think do they need a striker that much?
But obviously that was the target in the summer. They wanted to go for Harry Kane and didn’t get him and I don’t know whether they’ll go in for Kane again.
“Personally, I hope not. That ship should’ve sailed by now and the one for me would be Erling Haaland.
“He seems like he has the personality for it, he’s young and an incredible player who will probably be around for the next decade or so. There’s already a bit of a City link as well with his dad so that would be romantic some would say.
“The problem City have is a club and a team of that calibre, there are only a handful of players they could target as a striker. It’s either Haaland and the other one that is being talked about is Dusan Vlahovic who’s looking really good for Fiorentina at the moment.
“Whether he will go on and build on that to be one of the great players for the next decade as well, I don’t know. But he certainly looks like he has the attributes to do so. Those would be my two picks.”
AM: “It’s hard to say. Haaland seems like the most natural fit in terms of what City are after and the City link is there with his father. Maybe even Alexander Isak in Spain. He’s been very good for Real Sociedad for a couple of seasons now. He’s that sort of up-and-coming profile that Pep seems to like – someone he can mould instead of the finished article.
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“Strikers have tended to struggle a little bit under him such as Zlatan Ibrahimovic at Barcelona, he eventually fell out with Samuel Eto’o, it took Robert Lewandowski a little while to customise to the Pep way of playing, and even Aguero was out of the team towards the end of his City career. Even to begin with there were question marks over how much of a fit they would be.
“I do wonder if it might end up someone like Vlahovic or Isak or someone from that slightly lower category that may initially be underwhelming for City fans but someone who may end up being a better fit in Pep’s eyes.”
Who would you like to see become City’s next striker? Follow City Is Ours team members Anil Kandola and Alex Brotherton, along with Dan Burke and Andy Murray on Twitter to get involved in the discussion and give us your thoughts in the comments section below.