Brighton boss Chris Hughton feels that Sergio Aguero is “very, very close” to becoming the Premier League’s finest foreign import
The Argentine striker has scored 147 goals in the English top-flight for Manchester City following his £38m arrival from Atletico Madrid in 2011.
Aguero is behind only Arsenal legend Thierry Henry as the highest overseas goalscorer in the Premier League with the Frenchman having struck 175 times across his eight years in England.
The league’s all-time record scorer Alan Shearer revealed last month that he believes Aguero is the Premier League’s best ever foreign import.
And Hughton, whose Brighton side will take on City today, gave his verdict on Shearer’s claim.
“It’s very difficult to say the best, but he is very close to the best,” said Hughton in a press conference.
“He’s been here for a good while now.
“This is not a player that’s done it over a couple of seasons – you might see a player come over and over two or three season being brilliant – but he’s been brilliant now (for around) six years.
“Even though you are at one of the best clubs and a club that you know are going to be in that top four even in a bad season, it takes something to be as consistent as what he is.
“If he’s not the best then he’s very, very close to the best.”
Aguero put pen to paper on a new contract at City last week that will see him remain at the club until 2021.