Saturday 21 October 2017

Sergio Aguero watch: Diminutive striker looks sharp on return

Manchester City's Sergio Aguero (centre) celebrates scoring his side's fourth goal of the game with teammates Edin Dzeko (left) and Aleksandr Kolarov (right)
Manchester City's Sergio Aguero (centre) celebrates scoring his side's fourth goal of the game with teammates Edin Dzeko (left) and Aleksandr Kolarov (right)

Liam Blackburn

Sergio Aguero made a goalscoring return to the Manchester City team against Blackburn in the FA Cup after an eight-game absence caused by a calf injury.

Here, We examine the prolific Argentinian's comeback in an impressive cameo at the Etihad Stadium.

FITNESS

Aguero appeared for the final 18 minutes, replacing Alvaro Negredo, who had just surpassed him as City's top scorer for the season. There was no sign of any rustiness, though, as he immediately fired in the home side's fourth, while his acceleration played a part in the fifth goal.

FINISHING

It took Aguero just 50 seconds and only two touches for his deadly nature to show in front of goal. Receiving a pass from Edin Dzeko inside the penalty area, he skewed the ball across substitute goalkeeper Simon Eastwood and into the net for his 20th goal of the campaign.

LINK-UP PLAY

The 25-year-old was heavily involved in the build-up for City's fifth as he drifted out wide before releasing Jesus Navas, who played in Aguero's strike partner Dzeko to sweep home his second of the night.

WORK RATE

There was little evidence that Aguero was treating this as a light run-out, which was epitomised when he robbed Rovers midfielder Lee Williamson inside his own half in the final 10 minutes with the contest long since decided.

INFLUENCE

The hosts' progress into the next round may have been effectively sealed when Aguero arrived but his strike added further gloss and continued the goal glut at the Etihad Stadium this season.

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