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1. Family Turmoil
You can't use statistics to understand Sergio Agüero's heartache following his split from wife Giannina Maradona, who's the mother of his son Benjamín (from Olé per The Telegraph):
In these last few months I've been trying to adapt myself to a new stage of my life following my separation.
It's not easy after so many intense years living together and so many experiences with Gianni.
This is what is hardest for me, because Ben is in Buenos Aires and I, for obvious reasons, am in Manchester.
To be so far away from your child is not easy. It's impossible not to miss Ben.
Football right now is understandably not his main priority.
Though, it's a reoccurring theme with Argentine footballers.
(From Neil Warnock at The Independent):
It doesn't seem so long ago Javier Mascherano was kissing the Liverpool shirt, now he doesn't want to wear it.
I see his friend Lionel Messi being quoted defending him, saying, "Let him go because his wife is not happy, they have no friends and don't want to raise their children in England."
(Via Brian McNally at The Mirror):
Coloccini told Newcastle he wanted to leave for “personal reasons” after his wife Natalia left their luxury home in Jesmond to return to Argentina.
It prompted San Lorenzo, one of his former clubs, to try and sign him, despite having no cash for a deal.
Is Agüero next in line to force a move away from the Premier League because of family?
2. Lack of Incisive Support
Samir Nasri averages 39.5 passes per league game but only has three assists.
So, whenever he touches the ball, he is denying Sergio a chance to score because the Frenchman makes the easy pass rather than the through-ball.
In the UEFA Champions League, Samir accumulated 240 passes in six starts, and didn't register an assist.
Yaya Touré shoots more times than he creates—51 shots to 38 shots created for his teammates.
3. Injury Issues
(Per Mark Ogden at The Telegraph; August 20, 2012):
Agüero, last season’s top scorer at the Etihad Stadium, was taken to the hospital last night for scans and is set to find out the full extent of the damage to his right knee today after being injured following a challenge by Southampton defender Nathaniel Clyne seven minutes into the game.
(By Jimmy Nsubuga at The Metro; January 6, 2013):
Manchester City could have suffered a severe blow to their Premier League title ambitions after star striker Sergio Aguero confirmed he had torn a hamstring muscle.