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Shaun Goater
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2019 06 29 Retrieve

[Shaun Goater admires Sergio Aguero and considered him to be the ultimate frontman] Oh yes. I would not have minded [playing with Aguero]. Sergio makes things look easy! Sergio is a goal scorer. When you see him go deep, he gets it, a couple touches, he’s in the final third and that’s when he becomes deadly. He’s added another bow to his armour. Sergio can score that beautiful goal outside the box; I’d get a nosebleed if I did that! My goals were inside the box. For someone who’s not that tall and knows how we play, he holds the ball up well, he’s intelligent, he’s gifted technically, and got a great eye for goal. I run out of adjectives to describe him, but it would have been absolutely brilliant to play alongside him.

[His most notable contribution, though, came on the final day of his debut campaign when he netted a stoppage-time winner against Queens Park Rangers to secure a stunning title triumph] Aguero’s moment was so special … I think that was the change of the guard. That period has been total dominance by City, and I think there’s still more to come with Pep Guardiola and his never-say-die, his winning mentality to win. Pep is a serial winner and he has won so many finals. He’s unbelievable so, as I say, we know that there’s more to come. The 2018-19 season has been brilliant, and it just makes us all look forward to next season

2019 09 20 Retrieve

[Shaun Goater says Gabriel Jesus is capable of matching the goal return of Sergio Aguero at Manchester City] I think that Gabriel will have a huge part to play this season. He won the Copa America with Brazil, scoring some vital goals and since the start of the season, he has looked really sharp and at it. Gabriel has scored some vital goals for Brazil and for City and I think there’s a belief not only in himself but with the supporters and also with Pep.

I think there was a period last season where he maybe lost a bit of belief for a number of games, but that belief has come back in him. I really think we could see him playing a huge part and I think he will really be pushing Sergio this season when it comes to goals. That will be what Pep is looking for - for the guys to be pushing each other and I think we’ll get that this season. Gab handled all that pressure in Brazil. If we put a neutral hat on, what’s more pressure than playing for England? You’d probably say Brazil. So, his confidence is right up there. He has started great and I think he’ll just carry on from there

[Goater added on Jesus, who has recorded 46 goals in 102 appearances for City] Gabriel wants to prove a point, and as a striker knowing what the challenges are and competing against Sergio, he knows the standards and I’m sure he will be able to deliver. There will be a lot of games this season so it’s important for the guys that when they play, they know they have to score as those are the standards they have set themselves and what’s required for the team.

I think we have got two absolute quality strikers. We have a Brazilian striker that leads for Brazil and an Argentine striker that is Argentina’s spearhead. We are blessed to have these quality players and to have the best manager in charge of them. These two players play for two of the biggest countries in the world and handle that pressure. They will see each other in training and know each other’s qualities and the reality is they are both going to push each other and that’s great for them and the team. That just drives up the standards and with the two of them I think we are in for a heck of a season

2019 11 23 Retrieve

[Shaun Goater says Replacing Sergio Aguero will not be easy for Manchester City] The goals tell you that. The stats don’t lie. The man is a machine and I think if you ask all them, he will be the first name they all say. He’s an absolute phenomenal striker - he’s a machine

I don’t know if you can develop that type of player. I think it comes down to exceptional recruitment. To find a player around 19, 20 and to see the vision that this player has, a high intellectual understanding of the game, good body strength, good physique in terms of conditioning to be able to play week in, week out, fast - because the modern day forward needs to be quick. To recruit a Sergio-type striker, to see that, that’s a great eye and every club wants a great recruitment officer like that.

There are loads of kids around the world, say in South America that have this low centre of gravity, this agility. You look at Dybala. On the eye you think ‘What a player’. Maybe over the next year or two he will become more prolific, because we see the quality he has already. But does he go to the next level of being a scoring player? I know he’s not an out and out centre forward. But there are players out there. I’m sure the club will eventually recruit and find somebody, but it’s not an easy task. That’s what everybody wants.

2019 11 23b Retrieve

[Shaun Goater says Phil Foden will not head the same way as Jadon Sancho at Manchester City] I think Phil staying is an easy decision. He’s with some of the best players in the world, the best manager in the world tactically, learning all what he’s learning. If Phil decides to leave City at 22, 23, 24, he’s still got a lifetime of football ahead of him. If he was only playing two games a season, you’d think, ‘You need to be playing.’ But Phil is getting in the region of 12 games, they are not all starts. I think each year he will get more games. David Silva is going to be finishing, so it’s an easy decision for him to stay. Jadon Sancho was never in the first team on the bench, so that was an easy decision for him

[Goater added on the challenges facing Foden, who has taken in just nine appearances for City this season] What I know from the game is the more a player plays, the more he adjusts to it, the more they adjust to that level. If Phil was to play between now and the end of the season we’d all just come away thinking, ‘Why hasn’t he been playing all this time?’ Every time he plays I don’t see a player that looks like he’s way off the mark. I don’t see a drop in our game. No one can tell me if Phil was playing between now and the end of the season that he wouldn’t improve. Now Pep will probably argue, will we win what we will win [with him in the team]? That’s really the question. He’s probably wanting the players to come in to take the team to another level and not just do the same. He will probably say at this moment in time that Phil can’t take the team to another level, hence the minutes that he’s getting

2019 12 07 Retrieve

[Shaun Goater says The title race will be finished if Manchester City suffer another slip up] City slipped up, but we certainly can’t afford to slip up anymore. I think it will be finished if City were to slip up again

Gabriel Jesus has been waiting in the wings for an opportunity. He scored a couple the other day. He’s got this window to solidify himself for a number of games and get some goals. He will be instrumental in the game

City should be well aware of Marcus Rashford. Pep [Guardiola] will be well aware of his ability, his form, his quality - and how to stop the threat of Marcus Rashford

2020 02 01 Retrieve

[Shaun Goater says Pep Guardiola will regret not bringing another defender into Manchester City but is unlikely to admit as much in public] When you start a season, you don’t anticipate one of your main, key players would be out for six, seven months, and I think that’s what’s caught City. And they thought, well, if a player was injured, if he was out two or three weeks, you’ve got a kid that can come in and do a job. Obviously, Pep’s thinking is he could have Fernandinho that could do a job and I’m sure he also thinks even Rodri could do a job for two or three games. But when you’re thinking six or seven months, in hindsight, I think, yes, he should have signed a defender. And Pep probably believes that as well, but he wouldn’t share that!

2020 02 07 Retrieve

[Shaun Goater says Raheem Sterling’s dip in form has dropped him out of the Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo conversation] I think he’ll be certainly looking into that because without the chances falling to Aguero it doesn’t seem as though City are putting them away right now. I think Sterling’s going through a bad patch, and this has probably been two or three weeks, and we’re seeing Sterling miss a couple of chances he’s had in one-on-ones.

There have been chances with balls that just need to be put over the line, I don’t know from six, seven yards out and he’s missing them. In any other season, these would have been tap-ins and we’d have thought nothing of it.

Gabriel Jesus seems to hit form and then sort of go in and out of form. So I think he’ll be having a real good look at a centre-forward, certainly over the summer. But with Raheem Sterling, at the start of the season he was absolutely on fire and then Guardiola dropped him. So is it not Pep’s own fault really for his drop in form, because you can’t score a goal from the bench?

Yes, it’s interesting because when a player’s on form you want to play, but this is when the rotation comes in and resting players. And some games you could say yes, he warranted it to just leave him and keep him hot for the following game. But we’re now looking at it because it’s Raheem Sterling. I was one of those that was saying he needs to be part of that conversation when you talk about Messi and Ronaldo and these players. But his form, certainly in the last two or three weeks, has just dropped off that much that it’s nowhere near that conversation. But yes, Pep rested him in the early part of the season and now we’re probably looking back and thinking he should have just let him keep going

2020 02 17 Retrieve

[Manchester City legend Shaun Goater says Juventus & PSG not as appealing to Guardiola as Man City] I think he will stay. I think the project at Man City is not complete. Yes, the two-year ban will have an effect but I also think that, outside of City, where does Pep Guardiola go? He was obviously at Barcelona and went to Bayern Munich. You think in Italy and other places, I don’t think Italy is as attractive as the Premier League. Again, when you see the games the crowds aren’t bouncing and there aren’t the capacities that you get in the Premier League. You could say that France and PSG is a possibility but again, I think that here is where he wants to continue and finish his business

2020 06 02 Retrieve

[Shaun Goater says Sane’s future in good hands whether he leaves Man City or not] I don’t think he will be worrying about his future because either way he knows his future is in good hands - whether that’s at City or whether that’s at Bayern. I think his thing will be to get out there, play his first game and give himself a good solid number of minutes - whatever that is, whether he plays a full game, or 60 minutes, or minutes off the bench, for him to feel assured within himself that he’s back. Only a player knows when you come back, ‘yeah I feel like myself’. But I have no doubts that he will still have a great career because he is an exceptional player. I hope that his future career is at City because I love what he does, what type of player he is. But for him, his mental state will be proving to himself that he is back at his best