Aguero: New signings make us stronger
- 04 September 2013 09:08
- Posted by @porter_mcfc
Plenty of City players are now away with their national sides, but there are still a few titbits to chew over in this morning’s papers.
We begin with Sergio Aguero, who is convinced that the Blues squad is stronger this season after the five new arrivals this summer, despite Carlos Tevez moving on to pastures new.
Sky Sports reports: “Aguero admits his fellow Argentine will be 'missed' at City, but feels deals for Alvaro Negredo, Stevan Jovetic, Jesus Navas, Fernandinho and Martin Demichelis have City in better shape to push for more silverware in 2013/14.
“He said in The Sun: ‘Carlitos has moved on and he was a great team-mate.
‘He's going to be missed but we wish him the best in his next step.
‘But I always keep a close eye on Spanish football and Jesus Navas and Alvaro Negredo were two of its brightest stars.
‘Having them in our side makes us stronger - the same applies to Fernandinho and Stevan. They are amazing players."
The midfielder struggled with injuries in his first season at the Etihad Stadium, but finished strongly with two goals and an excellent individual performance against Norwich on the last day of the 2012/13 campaign.
Now, he is fit and ready to fight for his place for club and country.
He told the Daily Star: “Obviously Manuel Pellegrini is a great manager and I’m happy to see him come in as well so everyone is in that position where they want to win him over and I’m no different.
"I think everyone feels it’s a fresh challenge more than anything. Everyone has come in and is trying to win the manager over which has brought a new lease of life."
Finally, Gareth Barry’s skill and professionalism may have been missed by others, but not City fans, the Manchester Evening News proclaims this morning.
The midfielder agreed a season-long loan to Everton on Monday, and the paper’s Stuart Brennan argues that his contribution to the Blues over the last four years was vital to success.
He writes: “Barry has been arguably City’s most consistent performer in the last four seasons, the glue which binds it all together, providing cover for Kompany, and able support for Yaya and Silva.
“There are sneering cynics out there who try to belittle Barry, and who conjure up the horrible image of him being outpaced by Mesut Ozil as England slumped to defeat by Germany in the 2010 World Cup finals.
“That view of Barry is the view of football fans who do not see him play week in, week out. City fans have seen his shrewd tactical play, incredible work rate, physical strength and smart passing abilities – the stuff that never makes the cut in the Match of the Day highlights.”