The pillars of Manchester City’s recent successful era are falling one by one – and it looks like one or two more could go this summer.
Vincent Kompany has gone, David Silva has gone, Yaya Toure has gone, Fernandinho is out of contract this summer and Sergio Aguero’s future is up in the air.
Those five players have been so important to City over the years, and Pep Guardiola will be charged with the task of bringing through a new guard of icons at the Etihad Stadium.
Aguero is the big one right now; City’s goalscoring hero is out of contract this summer, and it currently looks like his time with the club will come to an end.
Gabriel Jesus is a handy striker to have, but it may be difficult to rely on him for regular goals, meaning fans have dreams of signing Lautaro Martinez or Erling Haaland.
This brings up the conversation surrounding Kelechi Iheanacho, as the Nigerian striker was touted as Aguero’s heir when he burst through at City.
Iheanacho hit 21 goals in 64 league games for City, but was sold to Leicester City for £25million in the summer of 2017, with City having a £50million buy-back clause in the deal.
City’s idea may well have been that Iheanacho could go away, play games for Leicester, and then be fully developed to come back to the club in his mid-20’s and finally replace Aguero.
However, that just isn’t going to happen. The 24-year-old has failed to make himself a regular starter for the Foxes, and has scored just nine Premier League goals in 76 games for Leicester.
Selling Iheanacho in the first place was seen as being somewhat controversial, as he had made a big impact at a young age, and having to pay £50million to get him back was a decision that not everybody was on board with.
He had fallen down the pecking order upon Jesus’s arrival, and after being given the chance to prove himself as Leicester to ultimately return to City, he hasn’t taken it.
Iheanacho’s chance has passed him by, and City have been proven right in the end by letting him go – and it will be full steam ahead for a big-name striker if Aguero leaves this summer.