Will the real Sergio Aguero please stand up?

Sergio Ag├╝ero: By The Numbers: Sergio Aguero 2015-16: 20151003

A look at Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero's slow start to the 2015/16 Premier League season.

Sergio Agüero: By The Numbers: Sergio Aguero 2015-16: 20151003

Since he first stepped foot in England, Manchester City's Sergio Aguero has lit up the Premier League.

Following his £38 million move from Atletico Madrid in July 2011, as reported by the BBC, Aguero marked his debut with the Citizens by scoring a brace and setting up another in a 4-0 thrashing of Swansea City after only coming on as a substitute on the hour.

He went on to score 23 goals in 30 league appearances that season, with his final one being the most dramatic of all. On 13 May 2012 he scored his famous stoppage time winner versus Queens Park Rangers to win the Premier League title for Manchester City for the first time.

The Argentine star went on to score 78 goals in 120 Premier League appearances over a four-year spell – a goal ratio of 0.65, bettered only by only Diego Costa (0.66) and Thierry Henry (0.68) at the start of the 2015-16 season, of strikers to have played at least one full season.

Manchester City got off to a blistering start this season by winning their first five league games without conceding a single goal. During that run they scored 11 goals, which included the 3-0 thrashing of Chelsea and winning 2-0 at Everton. Aguero only scored once.

A dismal defeat at home to Juventus in the UEFA Champions League ended their league run – back-to-back defeats to West Ham United and Tottenham Hotspur saw the side concede six goals and only score twice.

Aguero has played in every Premier League game for Manchester City this season (six starts) but so far only has one goal to his name, and only one assist. It's not for the lack of trying either – the 27-year-old is averaging a similar number of efforts on goal and on target as in previous seasons, they're just not going in for him.

That one goal he did score came in the second game of the season; the opener versus Chelsea. You may recall it was his fifth great chance on goal in the first half before he tucked one away, and was quiet ever after. In fact, in many of his games this season, he has looked lively for 20-30 minutes and been quiet for most of the match thereafter.

Whereas the Argentine international has been precise with his finishing in the past, he's not been making it as difficult for goalkeepers in the opening two months of the new campaign.

Has a defeat in the final of a major international tournament taken it out of Aguero for the start of the new season? Is he still a little jaded from his busy summer or will he get back to his best in the coming weeks? His productivity suggests the latter, and a home fixture versus Newcastle United later today could really help him.

Only five teams have shipped more goals than Steve McClaren's Magpies, who are still without a league victory all season. Manchester City have even scored 2+ goals in their last 14 fixtures against Newcastle. Aguero himself has scored five goals in seven matches versus Newcastle, winning on every single occasion.

Here's a look at his Premier League stats since joining Manchester City. These are averages per game, broken down by season. You'll notice that his shots per game and shots on target this season are in line with his average, but his goals per game ratio is significantly down to date:


  Mins PlayedShots on GoalGoals per GameShots on Target
Sergio Agüero 76.47 3.82 0.68 0.76


  Mins PlayedShots on GoalGoals per GameShots on Target
Sergio Agüero 64.7 2.87 0.4 0.63


  Mins PlayedShots on GoalGoals per GameShots on Target
Sergio Agüero 66.91 3.74 0.74 0.7


  Mins PlayedShots on GoalGoals per GameShots on Target
Sergio Agüero 76.94 4.48 0.79 0.61


  Mins PlayedShots on GoalGoals per GameShots on Target
Sergio Agüero 68.86 3.57 0.14 0.71

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