Should Sergio Aguero still be on penalty duty for Manchester City?

Manchester City's Sergio Aguero has his penalty saved by Steaua Bucharest's Florin Nita

Aguero has now missed four of his previous five Champions League penalties.

Manchester City's Sergio Aguero has his penalty saved by Steaua Bucharest's Florin NitaManchester City's Sergio Aguero has his penalty saved by Steaua Bucharest's Florin Nita

It was a strange night for Manchester City's Sergio Aguero as he missed two penalties before making amends with a stunning hat-trick in the 5-0 Champions League qualifier victory over Steaua Bucharest. 

And while Aguero is clearly City's main goalscoring threat, his dismal record from the spot in Europe begs the question as to whether he should remain as their set penalty taker.  

 

Manchester City's Sergio Aguero misses his second penaltyManchester City's Sergio Aguero misses his second penalty

The Argentine striker's Premier League record is pretty solid with 15 successful penalties out of 18 yet in Europe it is a completely different story.

After scoring each of his first five Champions League penalties for the Citizens, Aguero's first miss came in the last-16 defeat to Barcelona in 2015. 

His most recent success from the spot was in last season's group stage match against Borussia Monchengladbach before his quarter-final miss in the win over PSG.  

Manchester City's Sergio Aguero celebrates scoring their second goalManchester City's Sergio Aguero celebrates scoring their second goal

With two more misses to add to his tally, perhaps it is time for Aguero to step down - in Europe at least.

But who could potentially replace him?

Well, only one member of City's senior squad boasts a convincing 100% record from the spot and that is Yaya Toure. But with the 33-year-old's future at the club far from clear, it is unlikely that we will see him stepping up any time soon.

Other than that, Pep Guardiola is rather short of options with their only other experienced penalty takers Aleksandar Kolarov and new signing Nolito having mixed records from the spot. 

So there may not be a suitable replacement for Aguero just yet but perhaps that isn't a bad thing - he seemed to respond to it pretty well. 

Manchester City's Sergio Aguero scores their fourth goalManchester City's Sergio Aguero scores their fourth goal

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