Sunday Supplement isn’t everyone’s idea of riveting television.
But, being the total football geek that I am, I regularly find myself hanging off every word the panel says.
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This morning Neil Ashton, Neil Custis, Oliver Kay and Oliver Holt were busy debating their PFA Team of the Year selections.
And their discussion enlightened one scarcely believable statistic – a truth almost beyond all comprehension.
Sergio Aguero – yes Sergio Aguero – has never been named in the PFA Team of the Year.
It’s a fact I’ve checked and checked again for verification and yes, it’s entirely true.
Aguero has laid waste to the Premier League every single season since his move from Atletico Madrid in 2011.
From THAT goal to becoming City’s all-time record scorer the Argentine has provided iconic moment after iconic moment.
So why he has he consistently evaded recognition at the end of the season?
Aguero is regularly accused of being injury prone but the reality is very different.
He’s hit the 25-goal mark in all but one of his seven seasons at the Etihad and is well on course to register his best ever tally this campaign.
All that with Gabriel Jesus to compete with for that one starting spot in Pep Guardiola’s attack.
Aguero is perhaps unfortunate then that every single season he’s been ever so slightly overshadowed by other strikers.
Harry Kane has shone in recent years while before that Robin van Persie genuinely propelled Man United to the title in Sir Alex Ferguson’s final year at the helm.
Weirdly Aguero’s biggest hindrance then could well be his consistency.
His relentless brilliance is often ignored, taken as night and day rather than anything new.
He’s so absurdly good we barely even take notice anymore.
Because the reality is five Argentines have been named in the PFA Team of the Year – including Fabricio Coloccini – and Aguero isn’t one of them.
So surely this season the record will be set straight, right?
Kane continues to excel, Mohamed Salah is a dead certainty and one of Aguero’s team-mates – either Leroy Sane or Raheem Sterling – will probably edge him out.
Bizarrely another absence this year wouldn’t be all that surprising.
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