Wayne Rooney and Sergio Aguero each grabbed Premier League hat-tricks at the weekend as both Manchester clubs continued their unbeaten start to the season, which has seen them score a combined total of 33 goals in just four games.
The Argentinean and Manchester City forward, nicknamed Kun, seems to have had little trouble adapting to life in England and his three goals against Wigan means he has now scored six times in just four games since his transfer from Atletico Madrid. For Rooney it was his second consecutive hat-trick to take his tally for the season to eight in United’s four games, more than any other side in the Premier League apart from City.
It is obvious that these two are very special players that are a joy to watch for fans and neutral supporters alike but the question is which one will emerge as the best striker in the Premier League?
Against Bolton and in every game this season it has been clear to see that Rooney has recovered from his personal hell of 12 months ago and all aspects of his game have been outstanding. I think his desire to win separates him from other players in the Premier League but that it is also his ability to bring teammates into the game that makes him such an influential player for club and country. He certainly endears himself to his colleagues with his amazing work rate, regularly working back and blocking shots on his own goal line while showing a hungry and willingness to chase every ball. He is now the complete striker with pretty much everything a manager could want in a world class forward. He has superb technique, a vision for a pass, an extraordinary work rate and with the strength to match. When Rooney plays to his best so do Manchester United and that demonstrates his real class.
His rival, Aguero already has a certain superstar quality about him and at only 23 he has so much time to work on his game and fully adapt to the tough English football. Not that he needs to mind. On Saturday against Wigan he was a central part of everything that was good about the new attacking mentality that Roberto Mancini’s side now have and his three goals demonstrated his natural predatory instinct.
While at Atletico Madrid, Kun had planned to move to Real Madrid but they were not willing to play the £35 million price tag but they may be left regretting that decision in seasons to come. He is a genuinely special footballer, brighter and sharper than the home-sick Tevez and he is not just a striker but is in fact a target man, a playmaker, and goalscorer all rolled into one. It was more of surprise that it took so long for Kun to get his big money move after keeping up his incredibly consistent goal scoring record in La Liga for the past few season. He netted 68 times in the last four years. But he doesn’t just contribute goals as also enjoys destroying opposition teams with his dribbling and pace, while also using his ingenuity to create space for his teammates.
The artist and virtuoso that is Aguero could yet become the best striker in the Premier League but I am sure that a certain English striker may have something to say on the matter. It could make for an intriguing battle alongside that of the Premier League title in Manchester.
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