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Thursday 29 June 2017

Sergio Aguero focus

Sergio Aguero came on in the early stages of Monday's game
Sergio Aguero came on in the early stages of Monday's game

Sergio Aguero was given a chance to prove he is still Manchester City's top marksman when Gabriel Jesus hobbled off early on at Bournemouth.

January arrival Jesus retained his place in City's starting line-up after three goals in two games, but his night was cut short by a foot injury.

Here, Press Association Sport assesses how Aguero fared after replacing Jesus 14 minutes in at the Vitality Stadium.

GOAL THREAT

The Argentinian striker had no time to warm up before he was handed an unexpected opportunity. Aguero had his first sight of goal just five minutes after his introduction when a nice touch from Raheem Sterling's cross gave him a shooting opportunity, only for his strike to be blocked at the near post. He forced Artur Boruc into a low save as the first half wore on, but did not truly threaten the Bournemouth goal until he slid home Sterling's cross with the help of Tyrone Mings. The 69th-minute effort helped break the home side's resistance at a time when they were building towards a big finish.

TEAM WORK

It was clear Aguero was determined to take his chance from the moment he was stripped and ready for action while Jesus was attempting to walk off his injury. He dropped deep to get involved and good play helped set up a chance for David Silva in the first half. A sloppy header in City's final third helped Bournemouth maintain their pressure just after the break, but it would be harsh to be too critical of a player clearly out to impress.

OVERALL

Perhaps understandably given his lack of action recently, Aguero for the most part looked a shadow of the striker who s cored 11 goals in his first six appearances of the season. There were signs of rust as he struggled to keep up with play and volleyed over from close range only to be flagged offside, but he also showed some nice touches and good movement. He received v ocal backing from the travelling fans and his contribution to a 2-0 victory that moved City second in the Premier League will give him a much-needed confidence boost.

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