Manchester City defender Bacary Sagna has backed Sergio Aguero to return to form as early as possible as they target their third Premier League title in five years.
The full-back has claimed that his striker teammate has the qualities similar to Lionel Messi and Thierry Henry and hailed him as a mixture of the duo.
Despite struggling to score regularly in 2015-16, Aguero still has managed to net 13 goals in 21 outings which include the five-goal haul against Newcastle United in October.
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The Argentine ace has struggled to stay fit all season and after City sold some of their more reliable attacking options in Edin Dzeko, Stevan Jovetic and Alvaro Negredo - either on loan or permanently - they now heavily depend upon Aguero to guide them forward.
Sagna has previously witnessed the genius of Aguero as a rival at Arsenal and when asked if he finds similarities between his teammate and his former colleague Thierry Henry, he replied: “He [Aguero] has that difference to make him a top striker, he’s unbelievable.”
“To me, he is a mix of Henry and Messi,” as reported by ESPN.
Aguero needs support
However, the Frenchman also reckons it is not solely the job of Aguero to score and the others around him have to contribute more.
He believes that being a world-class forward has compelled their competitors to mark the City star extensively and that has led to him not being able to score more goals this term.
“Some players will say he doesn’t score enough this time but other teams aren’t stupid - they give him more attention. They bring more players around him.”
“We have to find another solution to help him. Maybe we have to step up and players have to show more character to try to score themselves.”
The 27-year-old sustained a hamstring injury just days after the Newcastle United game that sidelined him for six weeks. He returned to action next month but his stay was shortlived as he limped off against Southampton that forced him to rule him out again.
His lengthy spell in the sidelines has hindered him from being at his absolute best but will remain optimistic he will be his former self soon - particularly after his double against Crystal Palace on Saturday.
Deemed as the perfect striker by his managers, the poacher's key strengths of his gameplay include dribbling, finishing, long shots, passing, holding on to the ball, according to WhoScored.com.
Aguero has been a revelation since his big-money move from Atletico Madrid and instantly became a hit netting twice in his debut game against Swansea in 2011.
His injury-time winner against QPR that clinched the league title in his first season at the Etihad remains his best moment in the Sky Blue shirt.