Back in July 2011, Manchester City made the signing that would define them as true title-contenders and bring the league back to Eastlands for the first time in 44 years.
Where as some players buckle under the pressure of such a huge price tag, the true greats see it as an incentive to perform. So it was little surprise when, after 59 minutes into City’s opening game of the 2011/12 season, Aguero came off the bench to score two goals on his debut against Swansea.
The Argentinian went on to score 30 goals in 48 appearances for City last season. His most important strike would arguably have most fans at the Etihad claiming his price tag was worth it for this one moment.
As time ticked over into 95 minutes in City’s final game of the season againts QPR, Mancini’s side still needed one more goal to clinch the title. Step forward Sergio Aguero. Balotelli played in the striker and he blazed the ball past Paddy Kenny. Cue manic celebration and the most dramatic end to a league season since the Premier League began.
It is more than likely that City fans wouldn’t have wished for anyone else to be on the end of Balotelli’s ball. Aguero strode confidently into the box and like he had done on so many occasions in the season, gave the ‘keeper no chance.
This season the striker has continued to score important goals for his team. He now has 11 goals in 28 appearances in all competitions for the club. Just last week, City trailed Liverpool at home 1-2. With 12 minutes to go, Aguero received the ball out to the far right of the area. Reina was closing him down, but somehow the Argentinian managed to turn the ball in from an acute angle and levelled the match.
Not for the first time, Aguero was Manchester City’s hero and was possibly the most influential player on the pitch. Although City could soon be trailing United by 12 points this season, if any player is committed to the cause in the blue half of Manchester, it is Sergio Aguero.
The title could be out of City’s reach this term, but with the little Argentinian at the club, it shouldn’t be too long before the fans have more silverware to celebrate at Eastlands.