Lescott and Aguero back Alvarez to be City success

Sergio Aguero believes new signing Julian Alvarez has all the qualities needed to thrive at Manchester City, Joleon Lescott has revealed.

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Our record scorer has tipped the 22-year-old to be a huge success at the Club according to a recent conversation with his former teammate.

Alvarez joined the Club in January 2022 but was loaned back to River Plate for the remainder of the campaign.

The Argentina international grabbed 17 goals in just 24 appearances across the season and has been named as part of Pep Guardiola’s 26-man squad for our tour of the United States.

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With Aguero’s glowing endorsement in tow, Lescott says Alvarez has the potential to become an important figure at the Etihad Stadium in the coming years.

“He’s definitely got the quality (to perform in the Premier League),” the former City defender explained.

“I’ve seen little bits, but I’ve also spoken to Sergio (Aguero) about him briefly and he said he was a top talent. He was excited for him, which was good, so that’ll be a high expectation.

“Sergio said (Alvarez) will score goals. He can also excite fans, Sergio said possibly more than him, not in terms of scoring but in terms of the way he plays.

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“He wants to dribble a little bit more than what Sergio did, who was more ‘let me score’ which was great for us but a different mindset.

“But with the likes of (Gabriel) Jesus leaving, you’re not going to do that if you’re not replacing him with an exceptional talent as well. I’m excited for him and hopefully he gets opportunities to score.”

Lescott also insists that Alvarez will see this summer’s pre-season tour as an opportunity to impress Pep Guardiola ahead of the 2022/23 campaign.

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With Erling Haaland also joining the Club from Borussia Dortmund, not to mention City’s abundance of quality out wide, there is plenty of competition for places at the Etihad Stadium next season.

But Lescott says Alvarez – and other younger members of the squad – must instead use any potential game time against Club America and Bayern Munich as a platform to showcase his talents.

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“I’m sure Julian has come in and wants to play and not just come to watch Erling Haaland score goals and perform.

“There’s an opportunity for him to play and I’m sure he’s going to back himself to do that and do well. The age of the squad is good, it helps keep everyone competitive.

“The younger lads from the City academy as well will respect what it is.

“They’ll understand that yes, they need to perform, yes they need to train well and get themselves ready for whatever season they have.”

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