Emile Heskey cannot see Sergio Aguero staying in the Premier League despite reports linking Leeds United with a shock swoop for the Manchester City, speaking exclusively to HITC.
As Pep Guardiola’s treble-seeking side moved one giant step closer to another top-flight title on Saturday, their all-time record goalscorer proved beyond all reasonable doubt that there is plenty of life left in the old dog.
Touch, bang, goal.
Aguero made that scorching finish in the 2-0 win at Crystal Palace look like second nature. Those explosive instincts remain as sharp as ever, even at the age of 32.
But could his 258th Manchester City goal also be his last? The runaway Premier League leaders have already confirmed that Aguero’s £230,000-a-week contract will not be extended – and the sudden availability of a truly generational goalscorer has not gone unnoticed outside of the Etihad.
According to 90Min, Leeds United have thrown their hat into the ring.
For Heskey, however, there are two obvious reasons why those Aguero to Elland Road rumours will not become reality.
“With someone of his calibre, I don’t think he’ll be shy of opportunities to stay in the Premier League. But I’m not sure if he’d want to because of his alliance to Man City,” says the former England international.
“He obviously loves the passion of the Premier League but I can see him going abroad, maybe to Italy.”
Heskey also has concerns about whether Aguero’s ageing, injury-hit limbs could cope with the exhaustive demands that Marcelo Bielsa’s famously free-wheeling style of football places on players.
Patrick Bamford might be able to hassle and harry for 90 minutes but Aguero, in truth, feels like a rather awkard fit for a very specific tactical approach.
“When you have a manager of Bielsa’s stature, you will always be linked to big names,” Heskey adds. “But I can’t see that style of football suiting that player because it’s very high intensity. Especially at 33. That style of football won’t be good for him at that age.
“He doesn’t fit the bill. The style of play is very intense, you’ve got to close people down, make runs off the time, not just off the ball but also to make space for other people.”
You can’t blame Andrea Radrizzani for trying.
Since taking over at Elland Road, the affable Italian has attempted to lure Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Gianluigi Buffon, Edinson Cavani, Francesco Totti and now Aguero to West Yorkshire.
But while Radrizzani may be tempted by the romance of a marquee, superstar signing, it makes little sporting and financial sense to bring in a 30-something veteran who doesn’t fit into Bielsa’s approach.