Sergio Aguero has been described as “Manchester City’s greatest ever player” and the third best in the world despite his PFA snub.
Aguero scored his 23rd Premier League goal of the season in the Blues’ 4-0 win over Stoke City on Saturday, moving him to second behind Tottenham’s Harry Kane in the race for the Golden Boot.
The goal against Stoke was also Aguero’s 101st in the Premier League, yet the Argentine has never been named in the PFA Team of the Year since moving to England in 2011.
The Sun’s northern football correspondent Neil Custis believes that is partly down to Aguero staying out of the headlines for anything other than scoring goals.
“In my opinion they have the third best player in the world in Sergio Aguero,” Custis told the Sunday Supplement on Sky Sports.
“If everybody in the Man City team had the application Aguero has, week-in, week-out, they would have won this league by March.
“One of the reasons why he doesn’t get nominated is because he just goes out and plays football – there’s nothing else to him and he just gets on with it.
“You look at his scoring stats and they are incredible, you look at his work rate, and you never see or read an ‘Aguero could be on his way’ or an ‘Aguero wants out’ story.
“He never causes a problem and he’s Manchester City’s greatest ever player, but I think he’s also one of the greatest players ever to touch the Premier League.
“Manchester City would not be where they are without Aguero, no matter how much money spent, no matter how many players signed. They simply would not have achieved what they have.
“Aguero has been the catalyst and focal point for everything they have achieved over the last four or five years.”
Oliver Holt from the Mail on Sunday disagreed with Custis, adding: “As someone who grew up in Manchester, I wouldn’t put him down as that.
“I would think immediately of someone like Colin Bell or Mike Summerbee, or somebody from that vintage era when City won the title.
“I am being nostalgic, but I still think those players were City through and through. Aguero has not been there as long and not got as big a body of work.
“He has won titles and has been incredibly important to City and I think he’s a wonderful player, but I would not count him as City’s greatest ever.”