The first instalment of this year’s news.bwin.com Premier League top-goalscorer candidates assessed series concerns itself with Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero.
Aguero is 3/1 favourite to add another golden boot to his collection, but how do his 2015/16 chances stack up against our four barometers of net-bulging potential?
Premier League pedigree: The Argentine requires a few more seasons of longevity to join Andy Cole, Alan Shearer, Thierry Henry and Didier Drogba among the division’s goalscoring aristocracy.
However, in terms of lethality he’s already there, scoring at a ratio of around a goal per 90 minutes in three of his four Citizens campaigns and winning last year’s golden boot.
Squad competition: Last season showed how utterly subordinate to Aguero fellow Citizens strikers Edin Dzeko and Wilfried Bony were.
The pair managed just 13 starts between them, meaning the Argentine can rely upon Manuel Pellegrini to start him whenever he is available.
Team creativity: City were the division’s highest scorers by ten goals last term, despite the much-maligned Jesus Navas being their leading assister with eight.
However, David Silva also provided seven and averaged more key passes per game than any player besides Mesut Ozil.
The Spanish conjurer already looks to be fostering an exciting understanding,
with new arrival Raheem Sterling, while a move for uber creative Wolfsburg number ten Kevin de Bruyne would add further inspiration still.
Fitness reliability: The bête noire of any Aguero backer is the fragility that has seen him miss at least eight games in each of the last three seasons.
True, he finished five strikes ahead of closest rival Harry Kane last term, despite a lengthy ligament-related lay-off over the festive period…
Yet, arguably only the fragility of his fellow-leading contender Diego Costa stopped the City star missing out on the golden boot for the fourth time in succession in 2014/15.
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