Manchester City have absolutely nailed it this season.
They’ve not only carved their name on the Premier League trophy as 2017-18 champions, they’ve also carved the club’s name into history by breaking pretty much every record going.
Gabriel Jesus’s last-kick-of-the-season winner against Southampton was their 106th goal this term, the most ever in a Premier League campaign. I’m sure you’ve heard, but they also shattered the all-time points total and became the only team to ever reach the 100 mark.
But a little over 10 years ago, City’s strike force was utterly abysmal and a world away from Jesus, Sergio Aguero, Raheem Sterling and Leroy Sane.
In fact, under Stuart Pearce in 2006-07, they only managed to score 29 goals all season. More remarkable was the fact that they only scored 10 at home. They didn’t score another home goal after New Year’s Day.
Full disclosure, I’m a lifelong City fan and was a season-ticket holder that year. The price of admission worked out at around £38 per goal and players like Bernardo Corradi,
Georgios Samaras and Emile Mpenza.
Joey Barton was the club’s top goalscorer with six goals. SIX. This season, Aguero bagged 21 goals, Sterling finished on 18, Jesus on 13, Sane on 10 and David Silva on nine.
In 2007, City finished 14th, the joint lowest-scoring side that season. Watford also only netted 29 times but were relegated with just 28 points.
A lot can change in a decade.