Sergio Aguero must find his form if Argentina are to progress to the World Cup final at the expense of Louis Van Gaal’s Netherlands.
The Manchester City forward, who missed the 1-0 victories over Switzerland and Belgium in the round of 16 and quarter-final respectively, has failed to get off the mark in the tournament, drawing blanks against Bosnia and Herzegovina, Iran and Nigeria.
Fellow striker Gonzalo Higuain, netted his first goal of the tournament in Saturday’s win over Belgium to become the latest superstar to score at the finals, and Aguero must follow suit if he is to regard the tournament a success and help fire his country to glory.
La Albiceleste’s poor performances have thus far been masked by the stunning performances of Lionel Messi, with the Barcelona star having scored four times in six games to draw inevitable comparisons with former captain and hero Diego Maradona.
Argentina’s plethora of attacking options mean Messi is not alone in carrying the fight, but with Higuain off the mark Aguero must replicate his club form to play a key role in what could be a successful tournament for Alejandro Sabella’s side.
Injuries derailed the latter stages of his season last term, with Edin Dzeko becoming the main man for Manuel Pellegrini, but it was still a wonderful campaign that saw him score 28 times in 34 appearances to help fire City to a second Premier League title in three years.
It was a campaign that saw him overtake Thierry Henry’s record of best goal to game ratio, as well as starring roles in victories over the likes of Manchester United and Arsenal.
He has been linked with a move back to Spain, with Barcelona and Real Madrid said to be keen, but with Luis Suarez set to sign on at the Nou Camp and Madrid placing greater emphasis on a deal for Monaco’s Columbian hero James Rodriguez a deal this summer appears increasingly unlikely.
His continuous injuries are a worry for both club and country, but when fully fit he stands as one of the greatest strikers on the planet, bettered by perhaps only Suarez.
That makes him an automatic inclusion by Sabella, even if he operates at not quite fully fit, but the Argentinean must repay the faith shown in him, especially if his selection means Higuain drop to the substitutes bench.
Failure to score could cost his country dear, as they close in on their date with destiny at the Maracana on July 13.
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