Argentinian striker has failed to score in his last five games since returning from injury
Manchester City need Sergio Aguero to end a run of five games without a goal, says Pablo Zabaleta.
The striker has failed to score in any of his five matches since returning from a knee injury, having previouly netted 16 times in 14 appearances, while City's Premier League title defence has weakened in the process, falling seven points behind Chelsea.
Aguero threatened in his side's 1-1 home draw with Hull City on Saturday and earned the foul that led to James Milner's late equaliser, leading his compatriot to argue that he is not far from getting back to firing on all cylinders.
"He made a few good runs in the last 20 minutes," Zabaleta told the Manchester Evening News of Aguero's performance against Hull.
"We need Sergio to come back to his best like he was in November, December when he was doing everything for the team - scoring goals, working hard for the team - but, after being injured for a long time, for some players it is difficult to come back to his best, in terms of fitness.
"It is the same thing with Edin Dzeko. We know they are really important players for the team. They are the strikers. We need them in the best form because the team always needs the best players in very good form during the whole season if you want to win something.
"Last season we had that with [Alvaro] Negredo and Kun doing really well for most of the season, then Edin Dzeko being fantastic for the last three or four months. That is what you need to be a better team.
"I am sure Sergio will come back to his best," the Argentina international continued.
"It is about confidence as well. The strikers need to feel they are in a good moment. Scoring goals is the best thing for them and I am sure [that], as soon as Sergio scores one goal, then he will again be one of the best strikers in the league."
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