September 6th, 2019

Sergio Aguero – Underrated or Just Rated?

By Jonny Houghton

Almost a week into the international break and I’ve had some time to reflect on the season so far and it’s a bit mad that it’s already more than 10% of the way through.

There’s plenty of football to come but while we wait for that I thought I’d take some time to have a look at a player, who I heard described as “underrated” recently. You may have heard of him…

Sergio Aguero is Manchester City’s all time top scorer, two time player of the year, former golden boot winner and multiple Premier League winner. He’s current top scorer AND an Olympic Gold Medalist with Argentina yet he very rarely gets singled out for praise among the plethora of talent he plays both alongside and against.

Now I’m by no means a Man City fan, far from it, but to say he’s not one of the greats of the modern era of the Premier League is surely crazy no? Maybe.

The Stats

In his 8 years at City the Argentinian forward has amassed 170 goals and counting, becoming the clubs all time record scorer in the process. He currently lies 6th in the All Time Premier League Scorers table too.

That in itself is worthy of praise and the impact of one in particular almost gave Martin Tyler a heart attack (you know the one I’m talking about) granted City their first Premier League title on the final day of his debut season.

Since joining in the 11/12 season the Premier League “Top Six” Aguero has got more goals (43) against those teams that anyone else, only Jamie Vardy comes close with (29). But why did it take until the 17/18 season for him to be included in the PFA team of the year?

Sergio Aguero with the Premier League trophy last season

You can argue that he’s been unfortunate having to compete with the goal scoring feats of Mohamed Salah, Harry Kane and Pierre Emerick Aubameyang in recent years but Aguero has proven to be a model of consistency for City.

In all but two of his seasons he’s broke the 20 goal mark and even during the 13/14 season, where he only played 23 games he still managed to get 17 goals. Impressive.

Explain Underrated?

Despite the sheer weight of numbers in terms of goals, his number of assists is significantly lower having registered just 44 in the league during his time at the Etihad.

That’s not really his game though so it wouldn’t be fair to count that against him, but I suggest when the question’s raised of top Premier League players Journalists are looking at their proposed team of the year.

Also while never being sidelined with any major injuries, the diminutive Argentinian does have a habit of picking up niggling injuries often when his goal scoring rivals are in the midst of a purple patch. Particularly in the 15/16 season when Harry Kane went on a remarkable run at the end of the season to pip Aguero to the Golden Boot.

It’s not unreasonable to say that Aguero is one of the greats in terms of goals in the Premier League. The word underrated does get thrown around far too often these days, almost to the point where it’s lost all meaning but I think it’s remarkable that a player of his caliber can be considered underrated by some.

It remains to be seen what will happen to the 31 year-old this season, a rather public touchline row with manager Pep Guardiola received widespread media coverage but he has scored in every game this season.

While there have been whispers of him wanting to return to his boyhood club Independiente, Aguero recently signed a contract extension which will keep him at the Etihad until 2021.

Plenty of time to answer the question: Is Sergio Aguero underrated or maybe just… rated? What do you think?

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