Every dog has its day, all good things come to an end, nothing good lasts forever. Whatever cliché you want to label it with, it’s safe to say that the day when rumours of Sergio Aguero’s departure from the club turn out to be much more than just mere speculation, it will be a very sad one indeed. He may well have signed for the club six years this Friday with the reputation of an incredibly talented and promising young forward but when the time sadly comes for Aguero to wave goodbye to Manchester City, there’s definitely no doubting that he will leave the club recognised as one of the most important players in both City’s recent and all-time history.
For football fans from afar, many will rightly point to that day back in May 2012, that game against QPR and that goal which catapulted City into the dizzy heights of Premier League success. Yet whilst his title-winning goal with seconds to spare will certainly not be forgotten, forever recognised as one of the most poignant moments in Premier League history, for me Sergio is much more than 93:20. Of course that will be perhaps what he will be most remembered for in years to come by many a neutral but as an honest football supporter without any blue tinted spectacles on for the moment, I find it incredibly difficult to think of another Premier League forward as reliable, as effective and as prolific in the same period that Aguero has been at Manchester City.
Beauty is often in the eye of the beholder and to watch Aguero hit the levels he has done in the past six years, playing and performing week in, week out in sky blue has been an absolute joy to watch – a stark contrast to growing up and pinning my pre-season hopes on Bernardo Corradi and Rolando Bianchi to do just that. At the top of his game Aguero has been and remains simply unplayable, capable of scoring all types of goals and rescuing games by the scruff of their neck as he has done on many occasions. Even following the arrival of Gabriel Jesus midway through last season and the rumours that soon followed suggesting the Brazilian was not only brought in to apply Aguero with some ‘much-needed’ pressure but also perhaps seen as a long-term replacement for the Argentine, Aguero’s return to both action and goal-scoring was seamless – without fuss or drama and true testament to the quality of the individual.
Besides away from the romanticism of what has felt like having the ‘next best’ striker on our books aside from the obvious Messi, Ronaldo, Neymar et al., it could be argued that such a glittering report on his time in the Premier League is simply down to being an avid City fan. Yet you need only look at the stats for further justification (if needed) of both his quality and the overall impact that Aguero has had on the Premier League since his arrival. A joy to watch, somebody who can often rise to the big occasion and an extremely hard-worker he may be but Aguero’s consistency during his time at the club often goes unnoticed with 122 goals scored in 181 Premier League games producing a goal per game ratio of 0.67 – bettered only by Thierry Henry in the list of Top 100 Premier League goal scorers.
Need I say any more?
Evidently in recent years it’d be unfair not to note the prolific and impressive goal-scoring records of the likes of Harry Kane, Romelu Lukaku and even as far back as Robin Van Persie who have earned similar and deserved comparisons to Kun in recent seasons. Yet with Sergio Aguero, I often feel that he just offers that bit more and is just that bit better than his competitors, whether that be down to his faultlessness in front of goal, his consistency season upon season or just because of his godlike status for providing me with the best footballing that I have ever, and may ever witness. Who knows?
One thing that is for certain however is that the day he draws an end to his time at Manchester City, it will be a significant loss for the Premier League (permitting he doesn’t of course move to a direct rival). Unlike many forwards who come and go, it won’t be a case of another one simply biting the dust, instead more a large void and big boots that will prove incredibly difficult to fill. Therefore although there is often a trend, a demand and a need to focus on the future, on youth development and the next best thing, it is important however that City fans don’t underestimate what they have in front of them in Kun Aguero. An exceptional forward, a loyal club servant and one of the best and most unique forwards of his generation in the Premier League – and both the club and the league won’t know what it has lost until it’s gone.