Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart has hailed Sergio Aguero after he netted four in City’s 4-1 home win over Tottenham Hotspur in the English Premier League on Saturday, as the Argentine shot to equal-top of the league golden boot standings with nine goals, level with Chelsea’s Diego Costa after the Manchester side’s star striker scored two from penalties and two from free play at the Etihad Stadium against Spurs.
The 26-year-old overtook compatriot and former City frontman Carlos Tevez as the man with the most Premier League goals for the club, with 91 in 65 appearances, and Hart says that Aguero’s performance was all the more stunning given his somewhat underwhelming performances in training.
“He is one of those players – and I don’t think he will be unhappy with me saying it – that some days you look at him in training and he is useless,” Hart told the media.
“But you know that, when it comes to games, he is going to score because he is that talented, that good a player. He is a big-game player.”
The City shot-stopper feels that his teammate should be lauded for not dropping his head after missed chances, as Aguero could have had more goals against Spurs, missing opportunities including a 32nd-minute spot-kick.
“Sergio deserves all the plaudits he gets,” he continued. “He has scored four goals and he will be miffed at missing other chances but he kept plugging away when anyone else might have let missing the second penalty put them off. He showed his quality.”
“The two penalties he scored were nice but the other two finishes were fantastic – and they were required because [Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo] Lloris played well.”
“How good is he? Finishing-wise, he is one of the best. His goals-to-games ratio in the Premier League is the best but he still has a lot of work to do. He is still only young and hopefully, if we keep him fit, he will be pushing on.”
“He’s a very important character in the dressing room and he does all the important things as well as being a brilliant footballer and that’s why we’re very lucky to have him.”