If those North London boys Andros Townsend and Aaron Ramsey thought they were stealing a march in the race for the title of PFA Fans’ Player of the Month for October, Sergio Aguerio has made them think again.
The Manchester City striker has been a model of consistency this season, rising to a fantastic peak of almost perfection in the last two games which have yielded four goals and helped produce two massive wins for Manuel Pellegrini’s men.
Aguero scored the first of two back-to-back braces in the 3-1 Premier League win at West Ham on Saturday. He also claimed an assist for David Silva’s late strike, after which Pellegrini said of his No.1 striker: “Sergio is a top player who makes an important difference.”
He certainly made a difference a few days later when City swapped the East end of London for Eastern Europe and a trip to the chilly climes of Moscow to face CSKA on a pitch that perhaps only the Baseball Ground in the 70s would have put to shame.
Aguero, in particular, made light of the dodgy conditions to keep City on a reasonable course for Champions League qualification with another two expertly taken goals, ably assisted by Alvaro Negredo and David Silva; two other contenders for fans’ player of the month.
After the 2-1 win, Pellegrini was even more glowing in his praise of Aguero, saying ‘Sergio Aguero had a fantastic game. He is an amazing player’ whilst City defender Micah Richards is a massive Silva fan, saying: “We call him Merlin. He's like a little wizard isn't he? He is class.”
Richards feels for fellow Premier League defenders in their seemingly impossible task to halt the twinkle-toed Spaniard in his impressive tracks. He adds: “The only way I can stop him in training is if I smash him! He doesn’t come near me much now.”
Silva must have more assists to his name than any other player in the Premier League, and sAguero (6 goals in 6 games) and Negredo (3 in 5) have benefited more than most. A lot of people are talking about the SAS partnership of Suarez and Sturridge, but for my money Aguero and Negredo are the deadliest double act in the business.