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Jamie Carragher’s Saturday column in the Mail is always an entertaining read and this week he focuses on the forwards making the Premier League so entertaining.
Carragher rubbishes suggestions that the Premier League has lost its pulling power, following the summer moves of Radamel Falcao and Edinson Cavani to Ligue 1, and says Sergio Aguero is the cream of the crop.
The former Liverpool and England defender says Luis Suarez runs him close but feels the Manchester City man just has the edge.
In his piece, Carragher writes:
The Premier League has the best strikers in the world. Whether it’s Spain, Germany, France or Italy, none of those leagues can hold a candle to England’s strength in depth. Spearheaded by Sergio Aguero and Luis Suarez, we are witnessing vintage forward play.
Let’s start with Suarez. I played with some brilliant strikers for club and country, but none was better than Luis. He has done things I’ve never seen before, like a 50-yard lob at Norwich, the ‘chest control’ goal versus Newcastle and the bamboozling of Manchester United’s defence in March 2011.
But then there is Aguero. He has taken his game to a different level this season and his performance against CSKA Moscow in the Champions League this week was mesmerising; the little Argentine, like Suarez, deserves to be bracketed in the top six in the world at this moment.
Who comes out on top in the shootout between Aguero and Suarez? I’d have to choose Aguero simply as he has not had any aberrations; you can almost guarantee he will be available for all games. Unfortunately, we haven’t been able to say the same about Luis.
Something else tips the balance in Aguero’s favour. He has scored 43 times in the Premier League since joining Manchester City—currently one fewer than Suarez’s Liverpool tally—but is averaging a goal every 121.4 minutes, compared to Suarez, who scores every 160.5 minutes.
Carragher does add that for all Aguero’s quality, he feels the striker still has some way to go to match the brilliance of Thierry Henry, Didier Drogba and Ruud van Nistelrooy.