Danny Murphy believes we have taken Sergio Aguero for granted as the striker became the highest scoring foreign Premier League player in history over the weekend.
The Man City marksman scored a hat-trick against Aston Villa on Sunday to take his tally to 177 league goals.
He moved ahead of Arsenal legend Thierry Henry as the Premier League’s leading overseas scorer and is now joint fourth record goalscorer in history, along with Frank Lampard.
Aguero has been exceptional since joining City in 2011 and has gone on to win four league titles.
He has had numerous memorable moments, including the final day comeback against QPR in 2012 when he scored a last minute winner to snatch the trophy from Manchester United’s grasp.
The 31-year-old is often not mentioned in the same breath as icons like Henry and Alan Shearer, something former Liverpool midfielder Murphy puts down to the club he represents.
“I think we have taken him for granted,” Murphy told talkSPORT. “This isn’t a slant on Manchester City supporters, it’s more about the brand Man City and the club and the history, but is it because he plays for Man City?
“Would we be talking about him more and putting him on a higher pedestal if he played for Liverpool or Man United?”
talkSPORT host Jim White said: “Why is that? Because he is in with Kevin De Bruyne and other top, top players?”
Murphy added: “I think he’s been part of the Man City evolution where a lot of people have linked that to money.
“You are going to be a striker who scores goals if you are in a team who has all the best players, that flippant view.
“It doesn’t matter what team you are in or how good the players are, scoring goals is an art form.
“I think we have taken him for granted. Can we put him in the same breath as the likes of Henry or Shearer?
“Henry and Shearer, probably two of the best examples, the two greatest strikers we’ve seen in the Premier League, I think, they had the ability to lift the team on their own. They were the talisman for their teams. They grabbed games by the scruff of the neck when no one else in the team was.
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“I know Henry became embroiled in a wonderful Arsenal team but he was still their main man. Arsenal without Henry were never as good.
“Do opposing fans think Aguero is up there with the likes of those? Or am I right that we don’t give him the credit he’s deserved?”
Murphy believes there could be some envy from other clubs and fans at the way success has come for the Manchester club over recent years and that has affected Aguero’s reputation.
Murphy said: “There’s always a bit of jealously where a club buys success, if you like, spends millions and millions on players to make them better. You are always going to get fans who have a degree of jealously around that. That’s part of life. Therefore is there a consequence of that for players who are bought and are brilliant.
“Has Aguero been in amongst a group of wonderful players and team rather than making that team wonderful?
“For me, irrelevant of goals or stats, Henry probably would have scored a lot more if he hadn’t gone to Barca, he made that choice because one of the biggest teams in the world came in for him. Henry was the complete player in every respect and the best I’ve ever seen in terms of strikers because he could get goals from anywhere but he could also drop deep and kill you with his dribbles, skills and power.
“That’s no belittling Aguero or Shearer but for me he’s the best.
“I’m keen to some feedback from the listeners on their view of Aguero in the pecking order. You can put Rooney in there and the likes of Drogba and Owen and people like that. I think Rooney was exceptional as well because he could play as a 10 and as a nine.”
Danny Murphy believes we have taken Sergio Aguero for granted as the striker became the highest scoring foreign Premier League player in history over the weekend. The Man City marksman scored a hat-trick against Aston Villa on Sunday to take his tally to 177 league goals. He moved ahead of Arsenal legend Thierry Henry as […]