Manchester City fans utterly adore Sergio Aguero.
And for good reason. He’s one of the best strikers in the world, and certainly among the best in the Premier League.
In fact, many would claim that, over the past six seasons, Aguero has been the best striker on these shores.
He became the fifth player in the competition’s history to score 20 or more goals in three consecutive seasons (Harry Kane also achieved that last season), and the second-fastest player to reach 100 Premier League goals (obviously Alan Shearer was the quickest…).
From the very first time he played for City, the fans fell in love with him. Here are a few reasons why:
He came off the bench against Swansea, scored twice and set one up. He ravaged Bayern Munich’s back line in the Champions League, scoring a hat-trick past Manuel Neuer. He became the scourge of Manchester United (and most other teams he’s faced more than once), regularly popping up to bury City’s bitter rivals in the derby. Oh, and he even created the greatest piece of final-day drama by scoring the winner against QPR to claim the club’s first title in 44 years.
But despite all he’s achieved, one stat will outrage City fans: he’s never been selected in the PFA Team of the Year.
Just let that sink in. He’s been beaten by the likes of Harry Kane, Romelu Lukaku, Luis Suarez, Jamie Vardy and Daniel Sturridge.
The most peculiar season was in 2014-15, when Aguero topped the goalscoring chart with 26 goals, five more than second-placed Kane.
But Kane (21 goals) and Diego Costa (20) were selected in the TOTY. Aguero also chipped in with nine assists, one fewer than Eden Hazard, six more than Costa and four more than Kane.
I’m not sure what more the guy has to do to get into the TOTY, but expect more of the same next season…