Whenever Daniel Sturridge, Romelu Lukaku or Harry Kane hit a good run of form, they are often referred to as the second best striker in the league. They are never called the best striker in the league and there is a reason for that - his name is Sergio Aguero.
Aguero's close control, speed and finishing ability make him the standout striker in a league that is blessed with a vast amount of talent. His goals-per-game ratio and general impact on a game is unparalleled, hence the reason he has been constantly linked with a move to Real Madrid for the past few seasons.
It would seem ridiculous to link Aguero away from a team that is arguably the strongest in the Premier League, let alone the team that pays the highest wages, but that's how good Aguero is. No matter how successful Manchester City become, there will always be a feeling that Aguero is too good for them.
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Why replace Benzema?
As good as Aguero is, Karim Benzema is pretty good as well. The current Real Madrid forward gets linked with a move away every summer, yet still manages to keep his concentration and score at least 25 goals-per-season.
The Frenchman gets overlooked at times among the goal-scoring heroics of Cristiano Ronaldo, but Benzema remains a pivotal part of the team. He provides a lot of selfless work that enables Ronaldo to get the goals; without Benzema, Real Madrid doesn't work anywhere near as effectively.
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So considering Benzema's performances at Real Madrid, why would they want to replace him?
Benzema's misfortune could be Aguero's gain
As we know, Florentino Perez doesn't always base his decisions around football. Benzema has been a solid player for Los Blancos, but Aguero offers a 'wow' factor that Benzema simply doesn't possess. Whereas Benzema will do the hold up play and unnoticed running, Aguero will score the spectacular goals that get the headlines. And that's what Perez wants - headlines - but positive ones.
Karim Benzema has been making many headlines in the past few months, but not for the reasons that he would have hoped. It's unclear how much of a role he played in the Mathieu Valbuena sex tape incident, but the fact that he was banned from the France squad paints a dark picture at the Bernabeu.
Perhaps Benzema would have been forgiven if it was his first misdemeanour, but unfortunately for him, he has history of bad publicity. He was famously involved in the under-aged prostitute scandal with Franck Ribery; after the recent allegations against him, Madrid may feel this was his last chance.
The uncertain future for Benzema will be music to Aguero's ears. Whilst Benzema continues to fight for his case off the pitch, Aguero continues to impress on it - surely it's only a matter of time before Madrid come calling for the Argentine.
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