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Shearer: Lethal Aguero the best of all-time

20 Feb 2019

Premier League Champion says Argentinian's guaranteed goals puts him ahead of Henry and Drogba as PL's best overseas forward

When judging the best of the many brilliant forwards to have come from abroad to the Premier League, who better to ask than the competition's all-time top goalscorer, Alan Shearer?

The Premier League Champion gave us his top three overseas forwards and explained why they made the grade.

Sergio Aguero

For Shearer, the success of Aguero shows that prolific Premier League strikers can come in all shapes and sizes.

At 1.72 metres, the Argentinian is smaller than the other two strikers in Shearer's top three, Didier Drogba and Thierry Henry.

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But Aguero's 160 Premier League goals from 229 appearances have come at an average of 0.7 per match, better than those of the Chelsea and Arsenal legends.

This is one of the main reasons why Shearer sees Aguero as No 1 over Drogba or Henry. 

"Aguero is the best foreign striker the Premier League has seen," says Shearer.

"He guarantees you goals and he has the better goals-per-game ratio compared to Drogba and Henry, not that there is much in it.

'Touch and technique'

"Because of his size, he has to use his body and his low centre of gravity a lot more than the other two.

"Consider the size of the centre-halves he comes up against. I know he's stocky and he's got strong hips and legs, but when you're not big like Drogba or Thierry then you have to be very, very special.

"For the size of him he's not bad in the air. He doesn't get pushed around and then there's his touch, technique and goals.

"He's had to do it in a different way. He's not as graceful as Henry was and he's not got the height of Drogba, but he's just as strong."

'Better under Guardiola' 

When Pep Guardiola took charge of Manchester City in the summer of 2016, Aguero had 102 PL goals, lifted the Premier League Trophy and had won a Golden Boot.

But Shearer feels the 30-year-old has reached another level under his current manager.

"His game has got better under Guardiola," says Shearer.

"When Pep first arrived there were one or two words being spoken along the lines of, 'He's not Pep's type of player. He doesn't work hard enough. He's going to have to change his game.'

"Now, no one's saying that at all."

Also in this series

Part 1: Shearer: Drogba did everything for Chelsea
Part 2: Shearer: Henry is my dream strike partner

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