History was made recently when Sergio Aguero scored an 11th Premier League hat-trick of his Manchester City career. A trio of goals that not only meant he then become the club’s all-time league goal scorer, but he also reached another important landmark.
That landmark is sharing with the legendary Alan Shearer, the accolade of scoring the most English top-flight hat-tricks and on current form, then you wouldn’t put it past the Argentine eventually earning this accolade all for himself.
Especially, when you consider that hat-tricks 10 and 11 came in the space of just three Premier League matches and against no lesser opposition than that of the London duo of Arsenal in a 3-1 win and the 6-0 thrashing of Chelsea.
It’s fair to say that Aguero has been ruthless in terms of finding the net as of late and those goals have now made City odds on favourites to not only win this season’s Premier League, but also be the first team to win back to back titles English top flight titles since 2009.
And although scoring a three goal haul is one that will earn you the right of taking home the match ball, perhaps it is now time to ask the question as to whether Aguero can find himself surpassing another of Alan Shearer’s goalscoring records.
The record in question is Shearer’s tally of 280 Premier League goals, one that for many a year was deemed to be etched into history forever. However, with Aguero’s penchant for performances that earn multiple goals it may well be up for grabs in the next few years.
As things stand the former Blackburn and Newcastle forward Shearer has a 100 goal head start on the Manchester City hotshot, something that although sounds a great deal is actually achievable when you look at a particular metric.
That is the fact that Aguero scores 0.70 goals a game, whereas Shearer finished his career on an average of 0.59. Therefore, if Aguero can keep his scoring rate to this level, then things could get very interesting by the time we reach the next FIFA World Cup in Qatar.
Of course, there are a lot of external factors here, such as the fact that City already have Gabriel Jesus waiting in the wings to be City’s heir apparent and if Aguero shows any signs of slowing down then he’s opportunity will be diminished.
So much so, that if the goals do dry up from the 30 year old then there is every chance that City will just go out and get themselves a new toy, while the former Atletico Madrid goes out to pasture elsewhere in the final few years of his career.
However, if Aguero can go on and continue this phenomenal scoring run for his current employers then there is absolutely every chance that it could be he that reaches the magic figure of 281 Premier League goals if City maintains their scoring ratio.
There’s no doubting he has the talent in which to do so and more importantly if he does, then the likelihood is that Manchester City will add at least a couple more Premier League titles to their trophy cabinet. The race for goals is now certainly on.