Forwards are meant to be aggressive, always on the hunt for a goal, but also composed when the opportunity arrives. They understandably feel a sense of responsibility to strike for their team but when they are unable to do so, they often get frustrated lose their temper.
Manchester City forward Sergio Aguero is no different. He has been his team’s go-to man for all seasons. While his goals have come every now and then, rescuing his team in tough games, there have been occasions when he’s been frustrated, leading to him seeing red.
Here are five occasions when Aguero lost his cool.
1) David Luiz – Manchester City vs Chelsea, 2016-17
Sergio Aguero was guilty of missing chances in a frustrating 3-1 defeat to Antonio Conte’s Chelsea and with the game all but over he lost his rag to start a stoppage time brawl between the two title contenders.
The striker had lost control of possession and lunged nastily, high and out-of-control, at defender David Luiz. The pair had been in a battle all afternoon, one that clearly got to the Argentine.
It was inexcusable and Aguero was rightly sent-off for it but the hot-headedness didn’t stop there for City. Fernandinho was sent angrily out of control when Cesc Fabregas slapped him on the cheek, which saw City end the game with nine men.
Aguero will miss fixtures to Leicester, Watford, Arsenal and Hull before returning for a grudge match between City and Liverpool on New Year’s Day.
2) David Luiz Part II – Manchester City vs Chelsea, 2012-13
It was in 2013 when the Aguero-Luiz rivalry began. City beat Chelsea 2-1 with Aguero scoring a winner to send Roberto Mancini’s side through in the FA Cup but after the match, they weren’t talking about his goal.
In a chaotic phase, Aguero appeared to deliberately trample his studs onto the Brazilian defender after bringing him down. It caused instant retribution from a couple of the Chelsea players but Chris Foy, the referee that day, didn’t see it and Aguero escaped unpunished.
3) Winston Reid – Manchester City vs West Ham, 2016-17
Aguero’s new four-match suspension comes after he already received a ban this season. Just a few weeks ago he returned from a three-match suspension given to him after an off-the-ball elbow thrown at West Ham’s Winston Reid.
Referee Andre Marriner didn’t show City’s marksman the red at the time but a post-match review of the incident saw him rightly banned by the FA.
In his absence, Kelechi Iheanacho stepped up to the plate to lead City to impressive victories against Manchester United, Bournemouth and Swansea. Can the Nigerian replicate his form and prove he is a worthy replacement once more?
4) Mark Noble – Manchester City vs West Ham, 2014-15
Aguero has a history with West Ham, too. During a 2-1 defeat to the Hammers, he left opposition captain Mark Noble in some pain when he landed on the ankles of the Englishman. Aguero avoided any retrospective punishment by the FA for an apparent stamp because the incident was seen by the referee, Martin Atkinson.
Incidentally, Aguero would have missed a Manchester derby the following weekend. Fortunately for City though, he was there to get the winning goal in a tight affair against Louis van Gaal’s United.
5) Matt Taylor – Atletico Madrid vs Bolton Wanderers, 2007-08
It was in his Atletico Madrid days when a petulant teenage Aguero was first sent off. He saw red in a UEFA Cup last-16 tie between Atleti and Bolton Wanderers for spitting just 12 minutes after coming on as a substitute during February of 2008.
Aguero came on for ex-Arsenal man Jose Antonio Reyes but reacted badly to a crunching Matt Taylor challenge, one of many in an ill-tempered clash. Ironically, the winning goal for Bolton that day came from serial spitter El-Hadji Diouf.
A 19-year-old Aguero protested his innocence with the backing of his manager at the time, Javier Aguirre, but subsequently received a two-game ban. His suspension kept him out of the return leg at the Vicente Calderon Stadium, where Bolton secured a 0-0 draw to progress to the quarter-finals.
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1. RYAN FRASER (BOURNEMOUTH) – 8.5
Hardly the most popular player in the Premier League but following this weekend, his is a name Liverpool fans won’t forget in a hurry. The Reds were cruising 2-0 up and cruising and then Ryan Fraser was introduced in the 55th minute.
He won the penalty to get the hosts back in it before scoring one and assisting another to make it 3-3 from where Bournemouth managed to clinch it 4-3 late on in a thrilling encounter.
2. ALEXIS SANCHEZ (ARSENAL) – 8.3
Simply stunning. Despite Olivier Giroud’s claim to be re-introduced into the starting line-up as the main striker, Alexis Sanchez looks set to keep the Frenchman on the bench. A quite brilliant hat-trick away to West Ham United saw Arsenal leave with an emphatic 5-1 win.
The Chilean’s third goal in particular was remarkable as sold the keeper with a feint when going clean through before chipping the ball into the back of the net. He even found time to provide an assist.
Alexis Sanchez's hat trick 🔥🔥 pic.twitter.com/QMVfCDhCS4— Arsenal News ⚽️ (@__arsenalnews_) December 4, 2016
3. DIEGO COSTA (CHELSEA) – 8.2
You just can’t keep this man quiet. Diego Costa has been in incredible form this season and only extend his mean streak even against title rivals Manchester City.
His goal dragged Chelsea level away from home before he slid a ball through for Willian to score as Chelsea won 3-1.
Diego Costa scoring the equalizer for Chelsea. pic.twitter.com/62xXC6xk7B— Monis Abbas 😎 (37K) (@RizviTweets110) December 3, 2016
4. GASTON RAMIREZ (MIDDLESBROUGH) – 8.2
A free header saw Gaston Ramirez score the only goal of the game against Hull City but his contribution was far greater than that. His was a Man of the Match performance that always had Middlesbrough in the driving seat.
5. HARRY KANE (TOTTENHAM) – 7.7
How Tottenham have missed their premier striker. The North London outfit seem to have found their groove again since Harry Kane’s return from injury.
The English international opened the scoring and added another to send Spurs onto a resounding 5-0 win over Swansea City.
Harry Kane has now scored 50 goals in his last 70 Premier League games for Spurs. Wizardry at its finest. pic.twitter.com/NxkURFcz6j— Squawka Football (@Squawka) December 3, 2016
Harry Kane’s injury left Tottenham often looking toothless and relying on their defence but Christian Eriksen doing anything meaningful had become a feature of their play for much of October and November.
It may be Kane’s return, but something has clearly re-awoken in the Dane and he’s been brilliant in their last two games, with three goals and an assist. Spurs need him to be.
When Liverpool lose, they do it spectacularly: whether it be battering Burnley and not scoring or shipping three against Bournemouth in the last 14 minutes. On both occasions there’s been a notable absence from the teamsheet – Joel Matip.
The Cameroon centre-back has added some much-needed physical presence and aerial domination to a defensive unit that continues to hold them back.
Liverpool's PL stats with/without Joël Matip.— Joseph Musker (@Musker_LFC) December 4, 2016
With: P 11, W 8, D 3, L 0, F 28, A 9, PPG 2.5.
Without: P 3, W 1, D 0, L 2, F 7, A 9, PPG 1. pic.twitter.com/JBdQP7PuRr
Pep Guardiola will turn to Kelechi Iheanacho for Man City’s next four games. The Nigerian is undoubtedly one of the most talented attacking players in world football but needs to show consistency and composure in dealing with the pressure of having to fire his team to wins over Leicester (A), Watford (H), Arsenal (H) and Hull (A).
By December 31 we should have found out a little more about the 20-year-old.
Like Leicester, the stock response when it comes to West Ham lying 17th is that they’re in a “false position”. Opposition managers are merely being polite because, after getting lucky at United last weekend, fate caught up with them with a truly horrendous display against Arsenal.
Slaven Bilic seems genuinely surprised at how bad they’ve been. That itself is a worry because it implies he may not have the remedy.
Slaven Bilic: "I must say sorry to the fans, the club and everyone associated with West Ham because it was not good enough." pic.twitter.com/ThiskI1uWb— Uber West Ham (@UberWestHam) December 3, 2016
Only eight teams in the Premier League have a positive goal difference and while that has led to some entertaining clashes in the main, it also highlights the dreadful defending and goalkeeping on show each week.
Man City, Leicester, West Ham, Swansea, Crystal Palace, Hull… it’s difficult to choose a ‘worst defence in the league’ as each possess they own unique failings.