The greatest striker to grace the Premier League?
Whether you’re a Manchester City supporter or not, we challenge you not to have a significant footballing man-crush on Sergio Aguero. Here’s a man who has now moved to within six goals of the Premier League’s ‘100 Club’ despite only making his debut less than five years ago. In comparison it took Wayne Rooney close to eight seasons to complete the same feat.
That goal against QPR in the last minute on the last day of the 2011/12 season to clinch Manchester City’s first top flight title in 44 years will leave a bitter taste in Manchester United fans’ mouths, but it’s Aguero’s consistency which has us weak at the knees.
The Argentinian is on course for his third Premier League season of 20+ goals, something Wayne Rooney, Robin van Persie, Didier Drogba and Robbie Fowler have all failed to achieve.
Aguero’s silky touch, his eye for goal, his near-perfect penalty record (11 from 14 in the Premier League) and his honest style of play – he’s only been booked 13 times in the Premier League, an average of once every 11 games – has us cooing over the City striker.
While he’s not quite up to his extraordinary level of the 2013/14 season where he was scoring almost one of every five shots he was taking, Aguero is having another season to remember. A deadly conversion rate and a goal every 100 minutes may not be enough to win the title for Manchester City, but it’s enough to keep us purring over his every move.
And the future is rosy for this superstar crush. Being a former Atletico Madrid player, a move to Real Madrid is practically off the table, while swapping Manchester for Barcelona is unlikely with Messi, Suarez and Neymar ruling the roost. Pep Guardiola’s arrival in the summer is only expected to improve City’s style of play and that should strike fear into many Premier League defences.
Regular watchers of the Premier League have been blessed to see Sergio Aguero in action, and whether a City fan or not it’s impossible not to fall a little in love with their star striker.
As for the short-term punting, Aguero has snaffled six goals in eight matches against Saturday’s opponents Norwich and is a shot to score first against them this weekend. Serg has scored 12 goals in 14 games in all competitions since the turn of the year, so it’s no surprise that he’s odds on at to find the onion bag at any time.
Manuel Pellegrini may have one eye on Tuesday’s Champions League second leg with Dynamo Kiev, so if Manchester City put this game to bed early don’t be surprised if Aguero heads for the bench. That might put you off the on Aguero bagging a hat-trick, although the for Aguero to score at any point in a Manchester City win looks as reliable as Theo Walcott’s barber.