Aguero’s City half-century
When Sergio Aguero struck home on the quarter-hour mark in the recent Manchester derby to put City 1-0 ahead it wasn't only a goal of great significance in that particular game, as important as it undoubtedly was.
October 18th, 2013
The goal, which set City on the road to a 4-1 victory, also marked Aguero’s fiftieth in all competitions for the club; a notable landmark and one achieved in little over two seasons at City. Aguero arrived for a fee of some £38million in the summer of 2011, the jewel of a summer transfer window that would help propel Roberto Mancini’s side to a famous Premier League title that season (ultimately brought about courtesy of that goal from Aguero).
Since notching his fiftieth, Aguero has added two more goals to his City tally – one further goal in the derby and one against Everton, which helped maintain City’s unbeaten record (won 36 drawn 3 lost 0) in Premier League games in which he has scored. Whilst the fifty goal mark puts him amongst esteemed company in City’s history how does he rank in terms of how long it took him to reach the half-century?
Clearly, having been at City for little over two seasons, Aguero hasn’t racked up too many games in reaching the landmark and his appearance in the derby was his 94th (74 starts and 20 substitute appearances), giving him a strike rate of a shade under one every two games. As impressive at that return is, 94 games is only good enough to put him equal sixth position in terms of the quickest to get there.
The quickest? A name you may not perhaps have heard of but Derek Kevan’s 64 games is surely a record that will be extremely difficult to better. In more recent times, Carlos Tevez’s wonderful first couple of seasons at the club saw him reach the fifty-goal mark in just 73 games and good enough for second place.
The full top ten is as follows:
Derek Kevan – 64
Carlos Tevez – 73
Peter Doherty – 76
Sandy Turnbull – 80
Dave Halliday – 80
Irvine Thornley – 94
Sergio Aguero – 94
George Wynn – 95
Johnny Hart – 102
Shaun Goater – 102
Aguero is undoubtedly key to City’s fortunes. During the title-winning season he turned in a phenomenal debut year, showing no signs of transition or adjustment following his move from Spain, and was central to City’s fortunes. Last season, Aguero’s fortunes somewhat mirrored City’s own, a stop-start and stuttering season hampered by injury and a performance level a step below the previous season that resulted in a disappointing title defence.
There are signs this season that Aguero’s form and goal output could match that of 2011/12 rather than 2012/13 and although City have slipped up on occasion this season they do sit just three points off the top of the table. Aguero too has netted five times in just eight appearances, largely continuing his excellent return at The Etihad Stadium where, like City, Aguero also excels.
At barely twenty-five years of age Aguero has already been around the game for a decade given his prodigious talent, and arguably his best days are ahead of him. He also penned a one-year extension to his contract at the club to take him through to the summer of 2017, at which point the expectation is that he will have hit the century mark of goals.
This will still leave him some way of Eric Brook’s all-time City record of 178 goals but should Aguero go on to spend the bulk of his career at the club, who is to say that he can’t ultimately go on to threaten Brook’s total?
Regardless of whether this record is achieved or not, there is no question that Aguero has been synonymous with City’s recent success and elevation in football circles. For City to maintain and even elevate this position, you get the sense that much also depends upon Aguero’s own progress over the coming years.