Pep Guardiola makes Raheem Sterling and Man City record prediction
And manager Pep Guardiola believes the Blues ace can become the first City player for 48 years – other than Aguero – to break the 30-goal barrier.
Sterling has begun the season with four goals in two games, and after improving his goals tally for the last two seasons, from ten to 23 and then to 25 last season, he is being tipped to have a big season.
Perhaps Aguero sensed that as well, when he refused to allow Sterling to grab the re-taken penalty for his hat-trick at West Ham, after he had made a hash of his first attempt.
Sterling had his revenge, slotting in his third at the London Stadium while Aguero screamed for the ball, unmarked to his left.
That kind of rivalry will not go down well with Guardiola, especially if it leads to missed chances, but the manager did back the England man to have a big season in front of goal.
Asked if he could break the 30-goal barrier, to become only the second man since Francis Lee in 1971-72 to do so, Guardiola said:
“Yeah, hopefully. It will be good for him and for the team. Ask him. You can ask him.
“When he’s in front of the goal, he puts it in the net. So, he can do it, yeah. He scored 25 (last season) and 25 to 30 is only five goals. He can do it.
“But I don’t know. I never spoke with Sergio or Gabriel or Raz, with any of the people up front, about what are their dreams and targets and these kinds of things. I don’t know, honestly.
“I think they are happy when they are scoring goals, all the people who play in the front line. So hopefully he can score goals. I think goals are a consequence of the way we play – their mood, how the team’s playing, no injuries.
“I wouldn’t judge him if he scored 30 goals or 35 or 20. When he scores goals, I’m happy. But if he does what he has to do for him and the team, it’s enough.”