Irreplaceable. Irrepressible. Indispensable!
Sergio Aguero (above right) is odds-on at Betfred to celebrate being named Premier League Player of the Month for January with a goal at any time against inconsistent West Ham at the Etihad today.
The Argentine superstar is on a roll – and in my opinion should never be rested by Pep Guardiola (above left) in any match.
He’s an absolute goal machine and hailed as a legend by Blues fans, who rightly bracket him along with the likes of Colin Bell and Bert Trautmann as an absolute all-time great.
No doubt City are on red alert over the spat at Barcelona involving Aguero’s pal Lionel Messi (above left).
The second-best player on the planet – behind Cristiano Ronaldo (above right) for me – used to be coached by Guardiola.
But the main reason City would be in for Messi is that like United, who must surely be monitoring developments too, he’d instantly redress the balance with runaway Premier League leaders Liverpool.
City and United are both 16/1 to sign the genius in the summer transfer window, but Betfred have him odds-on to see out his contract in Spain.
Still on the transfer front I was absolutely delighted to read that United are willing to reduce their valuation of Paul Pogba (above) to £150m, which still represents a £60m profit on the French World Cup winner to help move him on in the summer.
To say I have been disappointed with the admittedly injury-hit Pogba would be an understatement.
I’ve always had the impression he hasn’t been happy since his return to Old Trafford – and we’re 6/4 that he heads off to Real Madrid this summer and 3/1 that it’s Juventus where he ends up.
With the title off to Merseyside, City will have to step up to save their season. There have been widespread reports that several big-name players are fighting for their Etihad futures, so that will no doubt force them to up their game – even with the title lost to Liverpool.
The Blues remain favourites to make club history and win the Champions League at 4/1 despite drawing record outright winners Real Madrid in the round of 16.
With the FA Cup 16 now settled, City who travel to Sheffield Wednesday next are again favourites to lift the famous old trophy at Wembley in May at 13/8 with Liverpool 4/1, Spurs 7/1, Leicester 8/1, Chelsea 9/1 – and Arsenal 12/1.
United – despite having to travel to Wayne Rooney-inspired Derby of the Championship next – are to me good value at 12/1 to win the FA Cup outright. That’s me being ever the optimist!