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We need to talk about Sergio Aguero.
The Manchester City striker is, for some reason, going to be one of those players we don’t talk about in 20 years time, despite the fact he’s the best striker in Premier League history.
With the current season coming to an end, Sergio Aguero is bang in the running – like all but one season with the Citizens – for the top scorer award. The Argentine international sits on 21 goals, with Vardy and Kane on 22 and 24 respectively – Aguero has made 26 appearances this season compared to the 34 for his Tottenham and Leicester City rivals.
That’s right, having played almost 1,000 minutes less than the English pair, Aguero is just three goals behind top scorer, Kane.
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Interestingly, Sergio Aguero has only made the shortlist for PFA Player of the Season once, and that came in his debut season – 23 goals in 34 appearances – missing out on the main award to Robin van Persie, then of Arsenal, who bagged 30 goals. Fair enough.
The following season, Aguero had a particularly injury-hit one, scoring just 12 goals in 22 Premier League starts. 2013/14 was a similar story regarding injuries, but Aguero still finished fourth top scorer with 17 goals in 20 starts.
It’s last season, though, that really highlights the struggles Aguero has in truly being appreciated as the finest striker in Premier League history. The former Atletico Madrid striker finished as the league’s top scorer with 26 goals from 33 games, five ahead of Spurs’ Harry Kane in second place. However, Aguero didn’t make the six-man shortlist, but Harry Kane, Alexis Sanchez and Diego Costa all did, despite the Citizens striker outscoring the trio.
Punishment of his own consistency
Aguero bagged his 100th Premier League goal against Newcastle United – becoming the 25th player in the league’s history to reach the milestone. 100 goals in 147 Premier League appearances means that Aguero averages a goal every 107.7 minutes. Arsenal legend, Thierry Henry, is his closest challenger with the Frenchman finding the net every 121.8 minutes.
Aguero exploded onto the Premier League scene and ever since then, he’s done nothing but maintain that ridiculous level of consistency. And that is perhaps, rather ironically, his undoing when it comes to earning the praise he most definitely deserves.
There’s an air of inevitability about Aguero scoring, about Aguero bagging hat-trick, about Aguero scoring huge game – and season – defining goals. So much so, that if the Man City striker were to become the Premier League’s top scorer of all-time, the general reaction would be: