When Sergio Aguero arrived on English shores in 2011, Manchester Metropolis had been Premier League pretenders, residing within the shadow of their celebrated neighbours and making extravagant purchases of their determined makes an attempt to compete on the prime.
Three titles and 160 targets from the Argentine later, they’re the workforce, the gold customary in England’s prime flight. The 30-year-old’s contribution to their transformation and success is immeasurable.
From his unbelievable consistency in entrance of aim to his big-game heroics – together with that strike in opposition to Queens Park Rangers that secured a primary title since 1968 – Aguero has rapidly attained legendary standing at Metropolis.
That standing is even prolonged to the league as an entire as he now ranks eighth within the checklist of all-time scorers. Aguero is displaying no indicators of slowing down both and at 30, the query is whether or not or not he can usurp Alan Shearer’s tally of 260.
WHY IT’S A BRIDGE TO FAR
Regardless of his outstanding scoring report, Aguero has solely gained the Golden Boot as soon as in seven full seasons to this point. Accidents have performed an enormous half in slowing him down and now that he’s into his thirties, they’re certain to take an even bigger toll on his physique. Pep Guardiola has already been conscious of giving the Argentine a relaxation the place attainable.
Regardless of making 21 begins within the league to this point this season, he’s solely gone the gap seven occasions. At greatest, the Argentine feasibly has 5 extra seasons on the prime degree. Will he have the ability to rating 20 targets a season over the subsequent 5 campaigns? That’s a tricky ask, particularly since he’s certain to face a decline in his bodily limitations over that interval.
There’s additionally no assure that Aguero will play out the remainder of his profession at Metropolis. He spends most of his time in Manchester alone, away from his household and a return to South America could also be on his thoughts. He could also be royalty within the blue half of the town however the membership have nice ambitions and the recruitment of a youthful elite striker in some unspecified time in the future can’t be dominated out, to not point out a coming of age for Gabriel Jesus.
WHY HE IS CAPABLE
Guardiola all the time recognised his high quality however demanded extra of the striker to be able to match into his intricately assembled system. When Jesus was signed it appeared like the start of the tip for Aguero at Metropolis. As a substitute, he tailored and – improved even – and has re-established himself as their first alternative striker.
With the Residents scoring targets for enjoyable and sending information tumbling alongside the way in which underneath Guardiola, Aguero is certain to get pleasure from numerous possibilities to get on the rating sheet as long as the Catalan stays on the helm. The diminutive ahead boasts the best aim ratio within the historical past of the Premier League, averaging 0.70 targets per recreation.
At that price, he would want one other 143 video games to match Shearer’s tally. Ought to he avoid main accidents, it’s not inconceivable that he might meet the goal inside 5 seasons.
Whereas he recurrently picks up accidents, he has the flexibility to select up from the place he left off. Somebody like Wayne Rooney for instance wanted a number of video games to after an harm lay-off to get again as much as tempo however Aguero has all the time slotted straight again in, by no means displaying indicators of rustiness.
Aguero could nicely go down because the Premier League’s most interesting aim scorer and few would deny him that. Nevertheless, too many issues must go his method for him to keep up his sensational plundering within the coming years. It’s not past the realms of risk nevertheless it stays a tall order for anybody who isn’t named Ronaldo or Messi.