Where does Sergio Aguero rank amongst the PL's greatest overseas strikers?

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CITY'S MAIN MAN SHINES ONCE AGAIN

We've seen some incredible players make the move to the Premier League over the years but there's not too many who can match the achievements of Sergio Aguero. Since making the move to Manchester City back in 2011 the Argentine has gone on to the become clubs all-time record scorer with a staggering 219 in just 320 appearances, 157 of which have come in the Premier League.

He's played an integral role in their 3 title successes and of course scored that famous goal which saw them snatch the trophy from neighbours Manchester United in the final minute of the 11/12 campaign - so it's pretty fair to say that he's a bit of a legend up in the north west.

He may now be on the other side of 30 but his goal return is showing no signs of slowing down after netting his 10th PL hat-trick and 14th of the season against Arsenal on Sunday to inspire the Champions to a commanding 3-1 victory. What he's done for City deserves an awful lot of respect and when he finally does leave the club he will certainly go down as a PL great - but where does he rank amongst the best overseas forwards to have graced the top flight and what makes him so special? Read our thoughts below and get involved in the debate on Twitter @FootyAccums!

30 YEARS-OLD BUT PROLIFIC AS EVER

When you think of the best players currently playing in the Premier League, Sergio Aguero is someone who instantly comes to mind. The guy is right at the forefront of everything positive about Manchester City and he plays a massive part in how the team work. Of course he's supported by some of the divisions most creative and bright attacking players in Kevin De Bruyne, David Silva, Leroy Sane and Bernardo Silva etc. but he still has to put that ball in the back of the net and he remains one of the best in the business at it.

When Pep Guardiola first arrived at Manchester City back in 2016 there were rumours that the Spaniard wasn't too keen on him, with the newly signed Gabriel Jesus forcing him out the side initially, but Aguero deserves an awful lot of credit after getting his head down and taking his game to another level.

His work rate and intensity were brought into question and for the first time since arriving in England his future looked like it was in a little bit of jeopardy - but now in his third season under Guardiola he looks as fit, dangerous and lethal as ever. Pep is getting a new level of consistency out the City number 10 which is bad news for defenders all over Europe as they continue their assault on all 4 competitions.

Sergio Aguero
Aguero became City's all-time record scorer against Napoli last season, with him now sitting on 219 goals

Now in his eighth season at the Etihad he's certainly seen as one of the more senior players at the club alongside David Silva and Vincent Kompany & he's showing that authority on the pitch. Aguero is THE man for the big occasion for City, he's not one to shy away in the big games and it's something that makes him so devastating. His goal against QPR on the final day of 2011/12 season is the prime example of that and he showed it again on Sunday when his clinical hat-trick inspired the Citizens to a 3-1 win over Arsenal.

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CLOSING IN ON ALAN SHEARER'S PREMIER LEAGUE HAT-TRICK RECORD

That three goal haul against the Gunners on Sunday saw Aguero edge closer to Alan Shearer's long standing hat-trick record. The Premier League's all-time leading scorer hit 11 hat-tricks during his career in the top flight (last of which coming in September 1999), but Aguero is now breathing down his neck after notching his 10th against Arsenal.

Overthrowing Shearer at the top would be another incredible achievement and with him still having a few years left on the clock you'd certainly expect him to do it very soon. He plays in one of the most free-flowing, attacking sides in world football so we're not expecting to see his goalscoring slow down anytime soon and he will have some more personal accolades and feats in his sights.

Sergio Aguero
Aguero put in a man of the match performance to scoop his 10th Premier League hat-trick against Arsenal on Sunday - leaving him just one behind Alan Shearer's record

Aguero's prolific scoring puts him up in 8th position in the Premier League's all-time leading scorers table after netting a total of 157. He's 103 behind leading scorer Shearer (260) which will take some beating but if he is to stay at the Etihad for a few more seasons there's no reason why he can't overthrow the likes of Andy Cole (187) and Wayne Rooney (208) which would be a fantastic achievement considering he's only made 227 appearances - a frighteningly consistent strike rate.

There's some legends of the game on that list but one man who Aguero will be keen to overtake is Thierry Henry. The Arsenal hero is the highest scoring overseas player in the top flights history after netting 175 in just 258 appearances, another insane statistic but if Aguero an overtake him in less than games then surely he deserves to mentioned in the same breathe as the Frenchmen as one of the division best ever players?

HOW DOES AGUERO RANK AMONGST THE PREMIER LEAGUE'S GREATEST OVERSEAS FORWARDS?

Thierry Henry is regarded by pretty much everyone as the greatest overseas forward to come and play in the Premier League, and possibly the greatest player. What he achieved in North London with Arsenal and the way he did it was just incredible, with his pace, power, eye for goal and big game mentality making him an absolute menace. He proudly sits in 5th position in the all-time goal standings and you can't help but feel if if he spent more time in England he would've come extremely close to overthrowing Alan Shearer's 260 goal record. His achievements have seen him immortalised at the Emirates Stadium with a statue alongside another fantastic PL import in Dennis Bergkamp - another player regarded as a top flight great.

Thierry Henry
Sergio Aguero could soon overthrow Thierry Henry as the highest scoring overseas player in fewer games - something which would be a remarkable feat

Ruud van Nistelrooy and Didier Drogba also rank up there with the Arsenal duo as two of the best imports from overseas but Aguero's ridiculous consistency saw him overthrow their goalscoring records sometime ago, respectively. Those two were also elite performers with big personalities which saw them come up trumps in the big matches - something with Aguero has done time & time again. These 4 are always regarded as some of the best forwards to play in the Premier League and the legacy that City's no. 10 is currently creating and enhancing puts him right up there alongside Thierry Henry in our opinion.

Henry is seen as the most devastating of Premier League forwards but if Aguero continues to score goals at the level he has done all his career he will surpass the Frenchmen and potentially do it in fewer games - so he needs to be spoken about as one of (if not THE) great Premier League imports. World class player.

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