Manchester City's Sergio Aguero netted against Cardiff City on Saturday, Jan. 18, to close the gap on Luis Suarez in the top-scorer charts, but the Argentine still remains eight goals behind Liverpool's forward.
Suarez has been in such scintillating form this season that a goalless match resembles a drought. However, with 22 goals in just 17 matches, the Uruguayan looks certain to join a select group of players who have scored 30 Premier League goals in a season.
Midway through Sunday's action, the top scorers are as follows:
|2||Sergio Aguero||Manchester City||14|
|3||Loic Remy||Newcastle United||11|
|=||Yaya Toure||Manchester City||11|
|=||Alvaro Negredo||Manchester City||9|
|=||Wayne Rooney||Manchester United||9|
Sergio Aguero, 14 Goals
It speaks volumes of the quality of Manchester City's squad that Aguero has barely been missed since he was sidelined with a calf injury on Jan. 14.
In his absence, Edin Dzeko and Alvaro Negredo have played three games together, bagging 11 goals between them—Negredo with six and Dzeko with five—as writes Simon Bajkowski of the Manchester Evening News.
The Argentine laid down a marker as he returned to the Premier League against Cardiff City on Saturday, hitting the fourth as Manchester City prevailed 4-2.
The goal—City's 103rd of the season—was Aguero's 13th in his last 12 Premier League appearances, as tweeted by Match of the Day.
Ones to Watch
Emmanuel Adebayor, 5 Goals
Tottenham Hotspur's Togolese striker may not challenge Suarez or Aguero this season, but he may just prove to be the form striker as the Premier League settles into 2014.
Adebayor snatched a brace of goals against Swansea City on Sunday, as he moved to five goals in seven games.
Before the sacking of Andre Villas-Boas, Adebayor had been consigned to training with the Tottenham reserves.
However, Tim Sherwood has invested faith in a striker of proven pedigree. Adebayor provides a physical focal point for Tottenham's attack, which Roberto Soldado has not been able to provide yet.
Benoit Assou-Ekotto, Spurs' on-loan left-back, certainly backs Adebayor.
Well done spurs great win!!!! EMANUEL ADEBAYOR fullllll fire💥🙈👏 he was good enough 2 mth a go ... Really? 😂— Benoit Assou-Ekotto (@AssouEkotto) January 19, 2014
Yohan Cabaye, 7 Goals
Newcastle United's French playmaker moved to seven for the season with a well-placed shot and a free-kick on Saturday. The goals helped Newcastle breeze past West Ham United—and their former manager, Sam Allardyce—3-1.
Cabaye has been in such good form this season that manager Alan Pardew has admitted his concern to Sky Sports that the Frenchman may move.