Success breeds success and confidence breeds confidence; the saying is no truer anywhere else than on a football pitch.
So often do players dip in and out of form, with a run of astonishing performances oh so easily followed up by a spell of misfortune. Nowhere on the pitch is this transition more evident that in the final third, with a striker’s goal haul a useful barometer for how well he is faring.
One of the best
The mark of a good striker is one who can more often than not put the ball in the back of the net, and one who comes up trumps to dig his team out of trouble when they need a boost. The mark of a great striker, and by great I mean truly world-class, is one who never stops scoring; one who can’t help but lift his side out potential mires.
If you need an example then look no further than Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero, who has once again returned to prove that when it comes to notching in the Premier League there is simply no one better.
During the first few games of the season it looked as though England had found a new goalscoring hero to celebrate and admire, as Diego Costa leapt to the summit of the Golden Boot charts and settled into a rhythm that even Jose Mourinho wasn’t likely to have anticipated.
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With the Spain international’s hectic schedule however it wasn’t long before fatigue began to take its toll, and before he knew it the sidelines were beckoning. Cue Aguero’s re-ascension to the striking throne on a train of momentum which is powering along with the force of a Lokomotiv.
The Argentina international now has ten Premier League goals from ten Premier League appearances, and though Costa remains a mere strike behind, there’s no doubting that the tide is currently pushing in the City star’s favour.
Aguero over Costa
The technique and composure he showed to slot home Gael Clichy’s pull-back to put his side 1-0 up in the Manchester derby was all the evidence needed to suggest that he is just as potent as he has ever been.
For Manuel Pellegrini’s side look a shadow of the dominant unit which bowled over opposition on the way to a second Premier League title in three years last season, and if there was ever going to be a time for his abilities to be curbed this would be it.
A drastic change in form has already been seen with the usually colossal Yaya Toure, and even the ever-reliable Vincent Kompany has attracted his share of doubters for his performances this term. Not Aguero though; he remains capable of doing exactly what is expected.
That’s why he remains the best striker in England’s top flight, regardless of how well Costa has started. His consistency has been proven over the best part of four years now, and with that last-minute, title-winning, goal against QPR still fresh in the memory, it won’t be long before he becomes a certified legend in the blue half of Manchester.
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