Sergio Aguero stands on the brink of making Manchester City history. He is just one short of equalling Eric Brook’s Club record of 177 goals, having found the net seven times in eight appearances so far this season. Brook set his record in 1939 and it took him 491 games to do so. Aguero, who joined City in 2011 from Atletico Madrid, has managed to score 176 in just 261 games.
It’s a matter of ‘when’ not ‘if’ the record is broken, and it will be a fitting moment for a player who has reached so many wonderful heights during his time at City.
This season, he’s showcased his ruthlessness in the final third once again. His seven in eight games includes a brilliant hat-trick in the 6-0 win away at Watford in which he scored a range of finishes, capping one of the most complete performances from a striker you’re likely to see.
His first was a planted header from Kevin De Bruyne’s free-kick into the box, his second a tap-in inside the six-yard box and his third a run from 25 yards that saw him skip past three defenders before slotting home from a tight angle - world-class forward play that the Watford defence had no answer to.
But it was perhaps his selflessness that impressed the most. He chased lost balls, fought for possession high up the pitch and made chances for others. At one point in the second-half, he attempted to bring a long ball down inside the area in order to create a shooting chance. For once, his touch took him away from goal, but he chased the ball and recovered possession, held off a defender in order to buy some time and then played a backheel pass to David Silva, whose shot was tipped over by Heurelho Gomes. Grit, determination, fighting qualities - he showed all the hallmarks of a striker who will excel in Pep Guardiola's system.
It was a similar story in the 5-0 win over Liverpool. Aguero opened the scoring, expertly rounding Simon Mignolet and tapping him after collecting De Bruyne's throughball, but it was his unselfishness in setting up Gabriel Jesus for City's third that really caught the eye. Aguero was clean through with only the 'keeper to beat - but he had the awareness to spot Jesus in a better position and guaranteed a goal. Jesus rolled the ball home and the three points were safe.
At 29, Aguero’s game appears to be developing. His ability inside the penalty area is well known – his goal record tells you everything you need to know – but his all-round game continues to improve. He recently notched assists in three consecutive Premier League matches, the first time in his career he has achieved that feat, and he is covering more ground (10km per game this season compared to 9.65km last). His three assists have already seen him equal his tally for the whole of last season, and he’s created six clear chances for others, again, the same number he managed in 31 matches during 2016/17.
He’s arguably the best out-and-out striker in world footballer – and the good news for City fans is he appears to be getting even better.