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Can Aguero Break Shearer’s Record?

14 January 2020 | Premier League | Opinion
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Can Aguero Break Shearer’s Record?
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Sunday the 12th of January was a big day in the career of Sergio Aguero. The Manchester City striker not only scored a hattrick against Aston Villa but in doing so moved above Thierry Henry as the top all time foreign goal scorer in Premier League history.

It was a sensational performance from the Argentine as he scored his 12th hattrick for Manchester City in the Premier League. In doing so, he moved above Alan Shearer for the highest number of hattricks scored in the history of the competition. Aguero now has 177 goals to his name and reached that total in just 255 matches, which is a phenomenal achievement. Henry scored 175 goals in 258 games for Arsenal and this further underlines the accomplishment of Aguero.

However, the former Atletico Madrid striker remains level with Frank Lampard in the all-time goal scoring charts of the Premier League. He is also behind Andy Cole, Wayne Rooney and Alan Shearer in the Premier League all-time goal scoring statistics. The question is, can Aguero move above Cole and Rooney and is it possible he could catch Shearer at the top?

There is no doubt Aguero can and will move above Cole in the ranking. Cole is currently 10 goals clear of Aguero but the former Newcastle United and Manchester United striker must now be looking over his shoulder concerned that Aguero is going to push him down into 4th place. That is very likely to happen this season and if Aguero remains fit for the rest of the campaign he could easily move above Cole by the end of the season.

Catching Rooney is a different matter entirely and at the time of writing the Derby County forward is 31 goals clear of Aguero. While it may be possible for Aguero to make a dent in that number before the end of the season, it will take at least another season with Manchester City in the Premier League to move above Rooney.

At 31 years of age, it remains to be seen if Aguero can continue to play regularly for Manchester City and remain injury free long enough to score the goals required.

This brings us onto the target set by Shearer, which stands at 260 Premier League goals. Speaking after the match against Aston Villa, Aguero was asked about catching Shearer and he said ‘I will try. He has too many goals so I don’t know. I will try.’

Clearly Aguero has been looking and thinking about moving above Shearer and to the top of the all-time Premier League top scores chart. However, his comment also suggests that he believes he is going to struggle to score the goals required before calling time on his Manchester City career. If Aguero was to leave Manchester City, it is unlikely he is going to sign for another Premier League team and he could easily move back to Argentina or to a foreign club.

Aguero has to score a further 84 goals to surpass the total set by Shearer. The most goals Aguero has scored in a single season of the Premier League is 26 which suggests he will need at least another three seasons following this one to catch the former England international, which is unlikely to happen.

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OVERALL TABLE PTS GP W D L GF GA +/-
1. Manchester United 40 19 12 4 3 36 25 11
2. Manchester City 38 18 11 5 2 31 13 18
3. Leicester City 38 19 12 2 5 35 21 14
4. Liverpool 34 19 9 7 3 37 22 15
5. Tottenham 33 18 9 6 3 33 17 16
6. Everton 32 17 10 2 5 28 21 7
7. West Ham 32 19 9 5 5 27 22 5
8. Chelsea 29 19 8 5 6 33 23 10
9. Southampton 29 18 8 5 5 26 21 5
10. Arsenal 27 19 8 3 8 23 19 4
11. Aston Villa 26 16 8 2 6 29 18 11
12. Leeds United 23 18 7 2 9 30 34 -4
13. Crystal Palace 23 19 6 5 8 22 33 -11
14. Wolverhampton 22 19 6 4 9 21 29 -8
15. Newcastle United 19 18 5 4 9 18 30 -12
16. Burnley 19 18 5 4 9 10 22 -12
17. Brighton 17 19 3 8 8 22 29 -7
18. Fulham 12 18 2 6 10 15 27 -12
19. West Bromwich 11 19 2 5 12 15 43 -28
20. Sheffield United 5 19 1 2 16 10 32 -22

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