Sergio Aguero will be hoping this is the year he can finally receive some personal recognition in England.
Despite netting 105 league goals since moving to Manchester City in 2011, Sergio Aguero is yet to be properly recognised for his achievements.
The Argentine superstar has been consistently overlooked for the PFA Team of the Year and award gongs on an annual basis.
Teammate John Stones has today backed the 28-year-old to finally put an end to such a statistic this season, claiming that his low-key personality may have done his chances harm in the past.
Speaking to Sky Sports, he said: “He’s one of those players who comes in, gets on with his work and with his own life. The awards will come to him. There are a lot of top players out there and he’s definitely up there.”
The former Atletico Madrid striker has begun the season in red-hot form, bagging nine goals in five games under Pep Guardiola, and his midweek treble against Borussia Monchengladbach was his ninth in a Manchester City shirt.
Last season was a sixth successive awards snub for Aguero losing out to both Jamie Vardy and Harry Kane in the race for inclusion in the PFA Team of the Year and he once again failed to make the shortlist for the Player of the Year. He had scored 24 goals in 30 league games.
This season will surely put an end to Aguero’s wait. He is the in-form striker in the country, with only Chelsea’s Diego Costa keeping pace with him. Should he remain injury-free throughout the course of the campaign, he would surely be a likely contender to succeed Riyad Mahrez as the nation’s most celebrated individual.
Of course, as has probably been drilled into winners such as Aguero, while a personal accolade would probably take pride of place on his mantelpiece, the silverware he really longs for are the medals he can share with his team-mates. But just like the Algerian playmaker last season, who's to say he can't have both?