He proved that once again on Sunday, scoring a goal after coming on as a substitute that ended Newcastle's frantic comeback hopes and gave the defending champions a 2-0 win to open their campaign.
Aguero came on in the 82nd minute with City clinging to a 1-0 lead, as Newcastle looked bright and threatening for much of the second half. And in the 92nd minute he made his mark, taking a long ball down the left, feinting to the right before sprinting down the left of the box and ripping off a shot.
Tim Krul made the save, but the ball caromed between two Newcastle defenders and back to Aguero, who calmly curled a right-footed effort into the side netting.
The performance could best be described as efficient, per Squawka Football:
Sergio Aguero had as many shots (2) as he completed passes after coming off the bench for Man City. Clinical striker. pic.twitter.com/Dz33OuFT3s— Squawka Football (@Squawka) August 17, 2014
He certainly was more clinical than one of the strikers who started the game, Stevan Jovetic, as FourFourTwo tweeted:
That might be a touch harsh on Jovetic, however. The young forward earned a 7.2 match rating from WhoScored.com for his efforts, while Aguero—goal and all—was given a 7.0 mark. Yes, Aguero took his one chance, but Jovetic isn't the only player who can't quite match up to Aguero on the finishing front.
Consider this stat, from the Premier League on Twitter:
Or this one, from OptaJoe:
18 - Sergio Aguero has scored 18 and assisted six goals in his last 24 PL appearances. Edge.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) August 17, 2014
And yet, when Sky Sports News HQ on Twitter conducted a poll to find out who would score the most goals in the Premier League this season, Aguero was far down the list of players voted on:
The final result of our poll is in, and more people think that Daniel Sturridge will be the top scorer this season! pic.twitter.com/N7Ax62TAKW— Sky Sports News HQ (@SkySportsNewsHQ) August 15, 2014
Final Results: Sturridge (26%), Costa (22%), Rooney (15%), Van Persie (13%), Sanchez (9%), Aguero (8%), Dzeko (4%), Other (3%)— Sky Sports News HQ (@SkySportsNewsHQ) August 15, 2014
No doubt, his history of injuries factored into that result. But a healthy Aguero could easily reach the 30-goal plateau considering the blistering rate he was scoring goals in the league last season.
That would be a major boost for Manchester City, who didn't make the splashy signings we saw from some of the other clubs but kept all of their stars and reinforced the team with solid players. They took care of any areas where they might have lacked depth.
With a giant target on their chests to open the season, they played a strong game against a good Newcastle side. After the game, Manuel Pellegrini was pleased with the performance, per the Premier League on Twitter:
Manuel Pellegrini: "We played with two 'H’s' - we were humble & hungry. We need both if we want to keep winning titles" #NEWMCI— Premier League (@premierleague) August 17, 2014
The task will be tall for City, of course. Chelsea and Arsenal strengthened through signings, Manchester United strengthened by adding Louis van Gaal at manager and Everton, Tottenham and Liverpool all look dangerous. The league is as competitive as ever.
But with Aguero firing on the first day of the season, City look formidable. If Aguero can stay on the pitch and continue his torrid scoring pace, City will be very difficult to dethrone as champions.