And while that should change with him playing with much better players at Manchester United, if Lukaku beats his best career scoring output by two goals, he would simply be replacing the 28 goals in all competitions Zlatan Ibrahimovic gave the team previous year.
"We are in a position to do quality work better than in the first". Guardiola made headlines at the start of the season by loaning out long-time starting keeper Joe Hart and bringing in Claudio Bravo to replace him, but Bravo struggled and was later dropped for backup Willy Caballero.
Primarily a left-back, Darmian also featured heavily in pre-season and played in all seven of United's tour games.
Jose Mourinho's side take on West Ham at Old Trafford on Sunday, hoping to improve on last season's sixth-placed finish. The 35-year-old is now a free agent, and is expected announce his stay at Old Trafford soon. If John Stones can develop more this season under Guardiola, and Kompany can avoid long term injuries, then City may have a more consistent defense for the upcoming season compared to last season. That put them 17th in the league for that statistic.
Especially with Zlatan now gone, the rest of the team need to step up and help new arrival Romelu Lukaku score goals.
Last season was the first time in his managerial career that he finished a campaign without having added at least one trophy to his collection.
"We had lots of dominance at home, we had lots of chances, we had lots when match should be two or three-nil and in the end it was 1-1". "By scoring more or conceding less goals, I don't know". And their arrival has filled Mourinho with belief they can go all the way this time and continue his unbelievable run.
Fuelled by an historically lavish spending spree, the Premier League returns on Friday when Arsenal host Leicester in the opening game of the hotly-anticipated new season. That wasn't enough last year and it won't be enough this year.
One moment it's very quiet and not much business is being done then bang, they start to flow and clubs let loose.
United will be better than a year ago, but they still won't live up to the hype.
Of those, 167 were on target, making Cech far busier than his goalkeeping rivals.
Which team outside of the big six and surprise?
Ake excelled in a loan spell for Eddie Howe's side last season and the Netherlands worldwide could prove Antonio Conte wrong in allowing him to leave.
"Between the players we have lost and the players we have got, I think we are in a similar situation but with more experience of working together and a much better pre-season".
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 16: Josep Guardiola, Manager of Manchester City gives his team instructions during the Premier League match between Manchester City and West Bromwich Albion at Etihad Stadium on May 16, 2017 in Manchester, England. Spurs (nine) and United (12) came out best in that category.
"We spent the first three months in the bottom places".