After an injury-troubled season where Sergio Aguero never quite hit the goal-scoring heights of Manchester City’s title-winning campaign, the Argentine looks like he means business again.
The way Aguero opened the scoring for City in their 4-1 derby demolition of rivals Manchester United was so exquisite, there’s unlikely to have been a better goal scored anywhere in Europe the same weekend.
The Argentine’s second finish perhaps lacked some of the finesse of his hooked volley into the corner, from a ball whizzed in just behind him at waist height, but nevertheless, it was still an example of his predatory skills returning to their peak.
While making hay in the sunshine of Robin van Persie’s enforced absence through injury at the Etihad Stadium, the City striker closed to within a goal of the Dutchman’s early tally of four.
Although RVP’s injury is unlikely to keep him out for long, it’s worth bearing in mind that a fully fit Aguero managed to rack up 23 goals during his debut Premier League campaign, where he eventually finished seven shy of the then Arsenal man.
Like most of his City teammates Aguero would probably have to admit to performing below-par last season, having returned 12 league goals in 2012/13.
However, a knee injury sustained against Southampton during City’s opening Premier League fixture of the season was to keep Aguero out for the first six weeks, which definitely had a negative impact on his season.
From the looks of Man City’s early games, Manuel Pellegrini looks to have the most faith in Aguero over his plethora of top-notch options up front, having featured in all six of their games, while starting five of those.
Aguero is back with renewed hunger and if he stays fit, then Premier League defences best brace themselves.
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