When picking our teams we always hit little impasses, little player v player duals that we can’t decide over. Over the next few weeks we will have a look at a few of the best; today we check the guns with Aguero vs Rooney.
They are priced within .5 of each other at 11.5 and 12.0 respectively and seem fail safe options but let’s delve a bit deeper.
Both City and United are generally fairly high scoring sides. Last season City scored 93 goals and United 89…a full 16 goals more than their next rivals Arsenal. So it’s clear that both teams score goals, but how about the systems they work in?
City usually play one of two formations, either a 4-3-3 with Aguero on the right cutting inside to devastating effect, or a 4-2-3-1 with Aguero being a part of a devastating midfield 3 of he, Nasri and Silva so although not being played as an out and out striker as such he still finds himself in scoring positions a lot, particularly when Dzeko is playing the tall forward role. Although it’s not been unknown for Aguero to lead the line such is his versatility.
United usually play a 4-4-1-1 but with the addition of Kawaga could play a 4-2-3-1, either way Rooney generally plays up front alone. In times he is out of form it’s not uncommon for him to play in midfield and have Chicherito leading the line, this is a worry sometimes as when he drops deep the scores dry up. So that’s the teams, how about the players themselves?
Rooney is 26 but it seems like he has been around for ever. (Started when 16), last season he scored 230 points. He scored 27 goals and made 5 assists. The thing that Rooney has in his locker is Penalties and free kicks. We all know how many pens Ferguson gets at Old Trafford so it’s a big advantage to Wayne and his hair hat. He does seem to score in streaks; he will go on fire and get hatricks in a row, then go on barren runs for weeks on end. Don’t be afraid to pick him up on a streak then trade him at the first sign of a trough. He used to be bad tempered and a card magnet but has mellowed with age.
Aguero is 24 and coming into his second EPL season. Last year he scored 211 points. He scored 23 goals and made 8 assists. He should get better in his second season, having acclimatised to the ways of the EPL. He is an all action performer who takes some pens but not all, Balotelli will take them if on the pitch. What he loses here he makes up for in assists. There is more of a rotation risk on Aguero then Rooney but Kun should play more often than not. When the game isn’t going City’s way he won’t get as isolated at Rooney can.
So in a tight duel…… it’s hard to pick. Both players are fixture proof so it’s just down to themselves. I’d be leaning towards Rooney at this stage… only because if he doesn’t work out early you can always trade down to Aguero…. It’s hard to go the .5 up the other way. Both these guys will score you enough points to be happy but the pens in Rooneys locker get him over line.