Sergio Aguero is a world class footballer with a stellar CV. The second-fastest player to reach 100 Premier League goals, has failed to score less than 20 goals in just two of his last nine seasons across two leagues and has 32 international goals in 71 appearances for Argentina.
However, the 27-year-old has never been named in the PFA's Team of the Year, has never won the Player of the Year and has only won the Player of the Month award twice in his career. So the question beckons: is Aguero underrated?
This season, the forward has played 39 games in all competitions for Manchester City and has scored 27 goals along with two assists. He's the club's leading scorer for the fifth season in a row, a potent force ever since he joined from Atletico Madrid back in 2011 and is well regarded as one of the best, if not the best, forward in English football.
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But despite all of the accomplishments he has, there has always been someone else who has pipped him to the post. On a couple of occasions, it has been another striker who has also had an outstanding season, be it Luis Suarez or Robin van Persie, but that surely can't be the only reason that he's never made the PFA Team of the Year list.
One knock might be that he simply cannot stay fit for an entire season. While it's never really slowed down his scoring rate, the fact that he always seems to pick up a niggling injury that sees him sit out a few games could adversely affect the way he's seen by award nominators.
Against that idea is the fact that Diego Costa made the PFA team last season, despite playing in seven fewer games and scoring six fewer goals. That alone shows their scoring rates were similar, Aguero also finished with the Golden Boot but it was the Spaniard that was voted into the team.
Added to that, the Argentine notched eight assists in a stellar season to Costa's two. The other forward to be rewarded was Harry Kane, who had a meteoric rise and adding the fact that he's English to his goals record made him a certainty.
So the question becomes: is the diminutive striker underrated? He has just about a little bit of everything in the locker, he's quick but as strong as an ox, good in the air and a deadly finisher while being a complete contributor in the final third.
It may seem like a strange scenario to think, that we actually underestimate the quality of Sergio Aguero, but it could quite simply be because we expect it from him. He's almost too good to be true, he has set his standards too high and unfortunately for him, he's not recognised quite highly enough for what he brings to the table year in and year out.
While that might still sound like an unjust reason to keep him out of the awards, it seems like the only plausible reason he wasn't given any recognition in the past five years. Aguero is simply a wonderful footballer, capable of moments of real magic but that's him on his regular day and it's a shame that the unlikely rise of others seem to overshadow his consistent brilliance.
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