Aguero could play second fiddle to teenager Ansu Fati at Barcelona

Barcelona's new signing Sergio Aguero could be restricted to a secondary role. Ansu Fati is expected to assume center forward role after recovering from injury.

Sergio Aguero-Barcelona
Sergio Aguero-Barcelona | Photo Credit: IMAGO

The Catalan club have told Aguero that he wouldn’t be a regular starter next season.

Barcelona have reportedly told new signing Sergio Aguero that he would be restricted to a secondary role next season.

The Catalans grabbed the opportunity to sign the Argentine striker from Manchester City on a free transfer, with the player also agreeing to a significant pay cut.

Despite the experience and records, the all-time top scorer of Man City has been informed by the La Liga side that he would play second fiddle to teenage sensation Ansu Fati, who is recovering from a knee injury.

The Spanish youngster suffered a serious injury which made him unavailable for the more significant parts of the 2020/21 season. However, manager Ronald Koeman is willing to count on him for next season should he recover on time.

Aguero’s transfer was deemed as the strategy by president Joan Laporta to convince Lionel Messi to sign a contract extension.

However, Aguero has been hit with injuries of late, and he made only 20 appearances last season while scoring 6 goals. Although he is a player of the highest quality, his fitness issues would be a concern for the Catalan club.

Barca have an awful lot of options, and Koeman would be having a difficult time sorting out his preferred choices.

Memphis Depay, one of the free agents Barca signed in the transfer window, is expected to have a key role as he has been brought to the Nou Camp at the request of his compatriot Koeman.

Ousmane Dembele would miss the first half of the season due to an injury picked up during the Euro 2020 while his French team-mate’s future is up in the air following the exit links.

Messi would be the linchpin of the attack as he is on the verge of agreeing to a new deal.