Recalled to the Argentina squad and a goal scoring start to the season – it has been a good week for Sergio Agüero. The 29-year-old striker broke the deadlock against a resolute Brighton side to set Manchester City on the way to a 2-0 victory and edge ever closer to the becoming the club’s record goal scorer.
Much had been made of the form of Gabriel Jesus during the second half of last season and how it was supposed to signal the end for Agüero but Pep Guardiola was adamant that Kun remained central to his plans and for Saturday’s opener paired the two together in attack.
Agüero’s willingness to press from the front and contribute to build-up play as Guardiola demands is perhaps a reason behind Sampaoli recalling the former Independiente forward to the Argentina squad and despite missing a clear chance when through on goal in the second half, it was a positive display from Kun.
Sergio Agüero’s game by numbers vs. Brighton:
2 chances created
Opened the scoring. 👌 pic.twitter.com/LS8iZ4a6Ig
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A teasing cross in the opening 45 minutes should have produced the first goal of the game but Jesus could only head straight at Matt Ryan but eventually City’s pressure broke Brighton’s resolve.
Kevin de Bruyne broke forward, David Silva slipped in Agüero and the ball was slotted past Ryan with the composure of a striker who has now scored 16 goals in his last 18 City appearances.
The goal was also Agüero’s 170th for City and the Argentinian needs only eight to surpass Erik Brook as the club’s record goal scorer.