Manchester City this week secured the biggest transfer of the summer so far when Atletico Madrid forward Sergio Aguero arrived in England. Fresh from Copa America disappointment with Argentina, Aguero was originally intended as a replacement for the disgruntled Carlos Tevez, but may now find himself in competition with his compatriot.
This is not be the first time Roberto Mancini has been faced with the dilemma of how to accommodate a host of talented forward players – indeed, the Italian should be an old hand at it by now after nearly three years in charge at Eastlands. As well as Tevez and Aguero, Mancini currently has to juggle Edin Dzeko, Mario Balotelli, David Silva, Adam Johnson, Shaun Wright-Phillips and Yaya Toure in forward positions, with the futures of the unwanted Emmanuel Adebayor, Craig Bellamy and Roque Santa Cruz still to be decided. With at most four of those numerous names likely to start in Mancini’s formation – usually a central striker, two wingers and a supporting midfielder – there will again be some famous faces populating City’s bench at times this season.
Aguero was described by the Manchester
The Guardian article continued: “If Aguero does sign, it will be intriguing to see how Mancini uses him. In [Mancini’s] favoured 4-2-3-1 system, [Aguero] seems more likely as the focal point rather than…a deeper-lying role, behind Balotelli or Dzeko,” which contradicts the Manchester Evening News’ assertion that: “Like Tevez, [Aguero] is more suited to a deep-lying striker’s role.” Nevertheless, the Manchester Evening News did add: “[Aguero] can be effective as an out-and-out centre-forward if required,” and: “Aguero’s tactical flexibility is such that he would have no problem playing alongside Tevez.” Such are the options provided by Aguero and the cadre of other attackers available to Mancini that the problems of the former Inter boss are increased rather than solved by Aguero’s arrival, although, as the football clich