Sergio Aguero ranks among the most prolific marksmen in the Premier League but when it comes to identifying the ideal strike partner for the Argentine it would appear that Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini is somewhat stumped.
Big money signing Wilfried Bony has blown hot and cold for the Sky Blues this term, for example, with many linking the Ivorian with a move away from the Etihad.
Rarely effective alongside Aguero, the former Swansea star’s up-and-down form has seen Pellegrini opt for a lone frontman in the majority of City’s games this term.
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And while Bony has gone on record to rebuff any suggestion he will be leaving City this January, the stats suggest Pellegrini could be better served by starting another Sky Blues star alongside Aguero.
Statistics compiled by Manchester Evening News show that, in fact, 19-year-old prospect Kelechi Iheanacho may be the best foil for the South American.
To date, the pair have featured together in two games for Manchester City, with the Sky Blues recording two wins and Aguero (three) and Iheanacho (one) contributing goals at an average of two per game.
The partnership of Aguero and Bony, by contrast, has resulted in three wins but just one goal – for Bony – between the pair over the course of those fixtures. Interestingly the stats also show that, historically, Alvaro Negredo was Aguero’s best partner, with the pair managing an average of 1.78 goals per game.
That’s just ahead of Aguero and Tevez, who managed 1.33 goals per game, though they recorded 20 wins from their 24 games together compared with Aguero and Negredo, who racked up 10 from 14.
Elsewhere, Aguero averaged a goal a game as part of a partnership with either one of Edin Dzeko and Mario Balotelli and 0.71 alongside Stevan Jovetic.
All of which means that, when it comes to Aguero’s best strike partners at Manchester City, statistically speaking Bony may actually be the worst.
Which is probably the last thing a team chasing glory both domestically and in Europe wants to hear.