Why Sergio Aguero Has Been the Premier League's Best Striker This Season

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Why Sergio Aguero Has Been the Premier League's Best Striker This Season
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It is widely assumed that the uncertain future of Carlos Tevez, due to past behaviour, prompted the purchase of Sergio Aguero in the summer transfer window of 2011.

101 goals and 37 assists in 234 games for Atletico Madrid brought the Argentine striker to the attention of leading clubs throughout Europe, but it was Manchester City who eventually won his signature, with the forward signing a five-year contract for a reported transfer fee of £38 million.

Big money equals big expectations and "Kun"—as he is nicknamed—did not disappoint.

Blues fans had to wait for his debut after a grueling Copa America campaign ruled the new signing out of preseason training.

It was one hour into the first league game of the season when Aguero was introduced to the Premier League, and what a cameo it proved to be. Two goals and one assist gave the world a glimpse at the potential relationship between the stocky forward and the magical David Silva—a pairing which would go on to lead Manchester City's assault on the title for the rest of the season.

Sky Sports commentary drew criticism after the game for the cringe-worthy claim: “Sergio Aguero: a star is born,” with many pointing out that Aguero was already a Europa League winner, Argentina international and, at times, had single-handedly dragged Atletico Madrid to victory when Diego Forlan was struggling for domestic form and fitness. The Premier League had undoubtedly gained a new attraction, however.

Combining the work-rate of his compatriot Tevez with explosive pace and an emphatic finishing ability, Kun would illuminate the Premier League throughout the campaign, hitting 22 goals and providing a further seven assists so far.

Statistics such as these become all the more remarkable when you stop to think that this is his first season in a new league, a new team and a new country.

We (rightly) give players a settling-in period of grace upon their arrival in the Premier League, but Aguero quickly became the No. 1 striker at Manchester City—not an easy feat at a club possessing the attacking resources and positional competition of the Premier League's leading scorers.

With a year behind him and a greater understanding of the movement and playing intelligence of his team-mates, it would be no surprise to see the striker break 30 league goals for the first time in his playing career next season.

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