City are known for their quick tempo, electrifying attacks and creepy attackers – especially under Guardiola.
But that fear factor has been lacking in recent weeks after a poor start to the season.
Injuries to key players haven’t helped, but it has only made Guardiola more clear that he needs to start thinking about rebuilding the squad.
That’s what Keown thinks, who was speaking after City dropped points once again this weekend – this time to West Ham in a 1-1 draw.
“They have had so many injuries,” said the former England defender.
“Since they came out of the quarter-finals of the Champions League [against Lyon], they struggled.
“It will be very important for Sergio Aguero to stay in shape. Pep Guardiola wants to play big-scale football, but it’s not the same silky city we’ve seen in the past where they were breaking records left to right and center. “
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Sergio Aguero, who has just returned from an injury, was forced at half-time with another fitness issue to give Guardiola more trouble.
With the Argentine facing another spell on the sidelines, it could be argued that City have lost their spine in the form of Vincent Kompany, David Silva, Aguero and Fernandinho – who are also injured for some time.
While Guardiola may have found his answer in defense after the signings of Ruben Dias and Nathan Ake, his attack has at times looked blunt.
City are 12th in the table and have scored just eight times in five Premier League games.
Keown added, “They’re not far from great, but there is definitely work to be done.
“We’ll see how good Pep really is now; he must rebuild the team. ”
Guardiola addressed some of the issues after City’s draw against the Hammers on Saturday afternoon when asked about his side’s stuttering start to the season.
“Lots of injuries, a lack of preparation, no recovery time and the tough games we’ve played so far,” he said.
“I’m not the type to predict the future. We have already lost seven points, which is a lot.
“But we struggled a lot for many reasons. We have to take it game by game and see what happens. “