Sergio Aguero: Is He Wasting His Talents at Atletico Madrid?

Raymond ErickContributor IMarch 19, 2011

MADRID, SPAIN - JANUARY 13: Sergio Aguero of Atletico Madrid reacts during the Copa del Rey quarter final first leg match between Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on January 13, 2011 in Madrid, Spain.  (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)
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As any La Liga football fan will know, Atletico Madrid is one of the most enigmatic clubs to have ever played in the league. They could come up with a sublime victory over Barcelona one week, and the very next, they'll lose at the hands of sides which are perennially on the bottom-half of the table.

This maddening inconsistency is not only frustrating, but also incredibly disappointing. This season, they were lauded as "the best of the rest," meaning that they are the best club in the league not named Real Madrid or Barcelona. Some even claimed that Atletico has an outside chance of winning La Liga, if they played well enough.

Well, as usual, Atletico is underachieving. Their ridiculously erratic form has seen them plummet down the table from first in the early weeks of the league to seventh as of this week.

And if Sergio Aguero hadn't been on form in the early stages of the league, as well as being their best player all season, Atletico might find themselves on the bottom half of the table, with their leading goalscorer last term in Forlan misfiring on all cylinders.

Aguero scored seven goals in seven games between late October and early December, unfortunately fizzling out afterwards, only scoring four goals afterwards, giving him a total of 11 goals from 22 appearances in La Liga—a completely respectable statistic.

So it begs the question, is Aguero wasting his talents at Los Colchoneros? In January, Real Madrid was said to be contemplating a swoop for Aguero, but they eventually opted for Adebayor, and Aguero shortly afterwards signed a contract extension until 2014.

While a move to Madrid might not be possible, given the deep rivalry that exists between Atletico and Real, plus Aguero himself claiming he would never move there. Should Aguero move now before he wastes his potential at Atletico?

His talent is undoubted, that's for sure. I sincerely think that the only professional player who can out-dribble him right now is Lionel Messi and Lionel Messi only. Aguero is also more than capable of scoring from long range, and his set-piece abilities are evident, although only in flashes as Forlan takes most of the free kicks for Atletico.

What he could improve on is his finishing, as Aguero does have a penchant for missing relatively simple chances. However, what most people forget is that he is only 22, and he has loads of time to improve on his overall game. Aguero is also an underrated passer, and he has proved to be a big-game performer, setting up two goals for Forlan in the Europa League finals last season.

If he does move, it seems that Chelsea would be his most probable destination, although with the recent addition of Torres in their ranks another striker might prove unnecessary, especially as Aguero won't come on the cheap.

Juventus have been reported inquiring about the striker's availability in the January transfer window, but to be perfectly honest, moving to Juventus right now wouldn't be much of an improvement.

Tottenham have also been said to be interested in the Argentine player, lodging a 45 million pound bid for him last January. While Tottenham lacks the superclub status afforded to Chelsea and Juventus, if they qualify for the Champions League next season, perhaps Aguero would be willing to move after all.

Another option would be for Aguero to stay at Atletico Madrid. Right now, Forlan is playing probably the worst football in his Spanish career, and Aguero has shown that he is more than capable of picking up the slack. Perhaps if Forlan moves next season, and Aguero is made to be the club's marquee player, he would develop even more.

However, it seems unlikely right now that Atletico would qualify for the Champions League, and to see a player of Aguero's stature playing in the Europa League would be a travesty.