Blame it on pep Guardiola’s system or Aguero’s inability to adapt fast to Pep’s system…the biggest losers are FPL bosses who own Aguero who has been a cult FPL star to own in the last four seasons. Sergio Aguero has been directly involved in 139 goals in 164 PL appearances for City (113 goals, 26 assists). That goal rate works out at 0.85 goals per game. This season he has already scored 11 times in 15 starts but what is really bothering FPL owners is his lack of involvement during games.

Whether it is his own fault, Pep’s system not suiting his style or a combination of both factors, he simply has not been a key player in many games this season. In one game this season, only goalkeeper Claudio Bravo had fewer touches than Aguero. He is struggling.

 

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FPL is a cruel game where owners hardly show mercy to a player who isn’t performing irrespective of his past exploits. One more thing which is surfacing fast is that many have started considering him as a flat track bully who fails too often in big games. Let us consider his viability from the standpoint of price, fixtures, alternatives and form.
Price Point

At a hefty price tag of £12.8 Aguero looks like a burden in many teams where other forwards like Kane (£11.1), Zlatan (£11.6) & Costa (£10.3) are available. You can save money which can be used to strengthen your midfield and backline options. There is even the alternative of Jermain Defoe who is massively cheaper, consistent and productive.

 

Fixtures

Coming up for Aguero is Spurs (H), West Ham (A), Swansea(H), Bournemouth(A) and Man Utd (H). You could classify those games as being a blend of two very difficult games and two easy games and… Swansea.  For his alternatives:

• Kane: City (A), Sunderland (A), Middlesbrough (H), Liverpool (A), Stoke (H)
• Lukaku: Palace (A), Stoke (A), Bournemouth (H), Middlesbrough (A), Sunderland (H)
• Zlatan: Stoke (A), Hull (H), Leicester (A), Watford (H), City (A)

Though Aguero’s selection used to be fixture independent in previous seasons, we now have to be mindful that he is no more the undisputed penalty taker following a couple of misses. Yaya Toure is a risk to take the spotkick responsibility when he is on the field. In addition, Pep’s fondness of a false nine strategy may see Aguero being dropped to the bench once Gabriel Jesus is available for selection. So given the set of fixtures and a definite penalty responsibility, Zlatan and Kane look more promising for your FPL lineup.

 

Current Form

If we consider points from Game Week 15 onwards then our top four forwards have outscored Aguero’s paltry 22 point return.

• Ibrahimovic – 58
• Kane – 41
• Lukaku – 28

That can be partly explained by Aguero having missed a few matches because of an FA ban but the form of Zlatan & Kane in particular is difficult to ignore.

The mantra to “Always Captain Aguero” is slowly fading away this season where most of FPL bosses have opted for Zlatan, Alexis and Costa for the armband. Even Aguero’s disciplinary records have been dismal and he has already missed 6 games out of 21 games so far.

 

Getting rid of Aguero would be like a painful breakup because no other player’s name has given us more pleasure to shout than “Aguerrrrroooooooo”. But in a game where points make you win and head precedes heart.. it is time to axe Aguero from your team and opt for another premium forward. Trying to decide which forward to pick won’t be an easy task, but it is a decision that you alone will have to make.

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