Sergio Aguero has quite clearly been the shining light for Manchester City this season. The recent campaign will not be a memorable one for the Blues, having failed miserably to retain the title and ending the season trophyless.
But Aguero has been a joy to watch and some of his performances have left fans purring over his abilities. There was uproar when ‘Kun’ was not included in the shortlist for the PFA Player of the Year award but we can take comfort in the fact that the Argentine deservedly picked up the Golden Boot award.
The 26-year old finished the season with a exceptional tally of 32 goals, 26 of which came in the Premier League. So without further ado, here I pick my top 5 Aguero goals from the season.
Bayern Munich (H)
Any goal against Manuel Neuer marks some sort of an achievement and Sergio bagged a heavenly hat-trick against the German back in November to give City hope of reaching the knockout stages of the Champions League.
Out of the three though, I’ve gone for the second one which pulled City back on level terms. A misplaced handed Aguero a perfect opportunity and he was deadly when it matters. It wasn’t a classic goal by any stretch, but he almost had too much time to make a decision while the monstrous Neuer presented himself, waiting and anticipating. Some players would be hesitant or indecisive, but Aguero’s finish was as cool as they come and he inspired City to a dramatic comeback.
Aguero was simply sensational in this game. City weren’t actually at their best in this game but he was the difference, annihilating Spurs once more. A truly devastating performance resulted in a four-goal assault, two coming from open and play and the other two coming from the spot.
His first of the afternoon was the most impressive. He received the ball to the left of the penalty area but was surrounded by a series of Tottenham defenders. Yet, remarkably in an instant he shifted the ball onto his fatal right foot and finished with absolute aplomb. A magnificent goal.
In the reverse fixture, Kun was at it again, regularly tormenting the Spurs’ backline. Though he managed just the one goal this time, it proved to be the crucial winner that kept City plodding on to a strong finish.
The goal was brilliant. A flowing counter-attack eventually led to the ball finding its way to David Silva. The Spaniard played through the deftest pass to match the expertly timed run of Aguero, who drove home at the near post. It was almost a carbon-copy of the opening goal between the two sides at White Hart Lane last season, and demonstrated just why Aguero is considered to be one of the best off-the-shoulder strikers around.
Aston Villa (A)
Another goal of exceptional quality came in the away fixture with Villa back in October. City were already a goal to the good when Yaya Toure finally made the breakthrough after 82 minutes of probing. Aguero had been desperately unlucky infront of goal, denied by the woodwork and some inspired goalkeeping from Brad Guzan.
That made it all the more rewarding when he did find the net with a couple of minutes to spare. James Milner played a neat ball into his path, before Aguero rushed in, controlled and produced the most incredible second touch to weave away and plant one into the corner. A truly breathtaking piece of play and one which was completed in a seemingly a single movement.
The standard of goals has been unbelievably high, which is testament to the amount and calibre of goals Aguero has chipped in with.
But I firmly believe that the first strike against QPR in a rather drab display from the Blues is the best one he has produced this term.
The former Atletico man latched on to a long pass from Mangala, and somehow managed to take the ball in his stride superbly, but maintain complete control and keep the ball in the air for a brief while. Twisting and turning and a slight bit of fortune with the ball striking his arm, he shifted the ball on his left side and coolly slotted home. Steven Caulker and the rest of the QPR backline were utterly shell-shocked. It was one of the most technically proficient goals you will ever see. A truly wonderful solo goal.
So there you have it then. Have we missed any out?
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