We take a look at who Manchester City should be starting up front, now that the Ivorian is back from international duty.
The pair are arguably two of the best forwards in the league, with Aguero currently on 16 goals in the league and Bony on nine.
Aguero though, has been struggling to rediscover the scintillating form that he enjoyed before suffering an injury around Christmas, and the capture of Bony from Swansea was clearly aimed at taking the goal-scoring burden from him.
In contrast, Bony has been in red-hot form, finishing 2014 as the highest goalscorer in the league and earning his big-money move to the Etihad in the process. Who though, should City start up front now that the Ivorian is back from the African Cup of Nations? We compare the stats to decide.
As already mentioned, Aguero leads Bony by seven goals in the league, while he is also way ahead in the on-target scoring attacking category, with him having 40 compared to Bony’s 27. Elsewhere, he also leads in the big chance scored category, although that is closer than the other stats.
Aguero also leads in the dribbling contests won category, having won 49 compared to Bony’s 15, although they are closer in their number of attacking assists, with Aguero on 20 and Bony on 19. The only area that the former Swansea man leads is in the big chance missed column, having only missed two compared to Aguero’s nine.
For the moment then, it seems City’s star man should be getting the nod ahead of their latest acquisition. Having said that, manager Manuel Pellegrini is a big advocate of 4-4-2, and with stats like these, the Chilean could end up with one of the most potent forward lines in the league.