Sergio Aguero proving he's the best striker in the league

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Over the years the Premier League has been graced with some of the best strikers world football has to offer, but right now one man stands head and shoulders above his contemporaries, metaphorically at least.

Step forward Manchester City's 5ft 8 pocket rocket Sergio Aguero. The Argentine is hardly an intimidating presence as far as appearance is concerned, but his goalscoring record can strike fear into the eyes of the toughest defenders.

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Tottenham became the latest victim of Aguero's talents as he grabbed all four goals in a 4-1 win that will be remembered for referee Jon Moss awarding no fewer than four penalties.

Two of those were dispatched by Aguero, though he did miss from the spot with the scores at 2-1 before Roberto Soldado did likewise for the visitors following a fine Joe Hart save.

Aguero would eventually complete his treble with his second successful penalty of the game, before rubbing salt into North London wounds with a fourth.

Scoring record

The four-goal display took Aguero's tally for the season to an impressive ten goals from ten appearances in all competitions, with nine of those coming from just eight Premier League outings.

And it's not just this season that Aguero has been scoring at an alarming rate. Since joining Manchester City in the summer of 2011, the former Atletico Madrid striker has netted 61 Premier League goals in just 95 appearances.

During that time he's also become the club's record goalscorer in the Premier League, with his second strike against Spurs taking him past the previous record of 58 set by countryman Carlos Tevez.

Current competition

With that scoring record, it's hard to look past Aguero as the league's premier frontman right now, although a few players may beg to differ.

Chelsea's summer signing Diego Costa, a fellow former Atletico Madrid man, has made an instant impact having scored nine league goals from just seven appearances since his arrival, but it's too early to put him in the same bracket as Aguero.

Elsewhere, the Manchester United trio of Wayne Rooney, Robin van Persie and Radamel Falcao all seem to be on the footballing decline, and have only managed six league goals between them this season.

Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge is another striker, like Aguero, who can boast an impressive goals to game ratio in England's top flight, but his all round game is a long way off City's number 16.

Past masters

Aguero's position as the league's best comes thanks in part to the departure of Luis Suarez, but how does the Argentine compare to some of the top strikers of yesteryear?

As the league's record goalscorer it's perhaps hard to look past Alan Shearer as the greatest in Premier League history. The Newcastle legend was an archetypal English number nine, powering his way to goals with aerial dominance and a fierce shot.

With 175 goals to his name, Thierry Henry finds himself 95 goals behind Shearer, but his electric pace and deadly finishing made him the hottest Premier League striker of the early 2000's.

Henry could score all sorts of goals, but will be most remembered for the way he'd glide in from the left hand side and open his body up to calmly finish in the opposite corner.

While Aguero may be a long way off being mentioned in the same breath as Premier League legends like Shearer and Henry, he could well establish himself as one of the greatest the league has seen should he continue his incredible goalscoring record for years to come.

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