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Sergio Aguero: Jamie Redknapp says he can fire Manchester City towards title
Jamie Redknapp says Sergio Aguero should score 20 league goals for Man City this season.
Last Updated: 20/10/13 10:43am
The Argentinian scored one and made the other in Manchester City's 3-1 triumph at Upton Park, earning the Man of the Match award in the process, and running the home defenders ragged for much of the game.
Sky Sports pundit Redknapp was disappointed with Aguero's goal return last season, but expects him to be at the forefront of Manuel Pellegrini's title charge this term after forming a formidable strike partnership with new signing Alvaro Negredo.
"All game, James Tomkins and Winston Reid couldn't deal with Aguero's pace and movement, which was brilliant," he said.
"I think those two might have just said to Pellegrini 'we are your best partnership', certainly in the Premier League
"I think there will be times when Pellegrini, as was proved against Bayern Munich, can only play one of them up front because you have to play an extra one in midfield. You saw the problems that Fernandino and Yaya Toure had against Bayern Munich in the Champions League.
"But in the Premier League when you've got better players than the other team then you've got to get the big guns out and they performed today.
"I think Aguero should do more. In his debut season he got 23 Premier League goals, which is incredible. He was a different class - unplayable at times - and that's one of the reasons why Man City won the Premier League.
"Last year he scored 12 Premier League goals and that isn't good enough from a player that has that much ability. He can score headers, volleys, left foot or right foot. His movement is exceptional.
"He's got six now this year. He should be getting to 20 again. He's that good a player and he's also got the ammunition of Silva and players like that."
Aguero's brace had put City in control against West Ham before Ricardo Vaz Te pulled one back for the hosts and David Silva's strike eventually put the game beyond their reach.
And Redknapp says Hammers boss Sam Allardyce will be frustrated by his team's defending against the 2012 champions.
"Man City had to suffer. You could see they were anxious at times, especially when it went back to 2-1," he added.
"You could see there was a bit of a panic and the next goal, whichever way it went, would be the difference and thankfully for City fans they got it and Joe Hart made a couple of really good saves for them.
"I'd like to say the first goal made the difference, but that hasn't been the case in previous games. They have gone ahead and not been able to hold onto leads.
"I thought today their passing was good. From Sam Allardyce's point of view there was not enough pressure on the ball for the first goal and he'll be disappointed.
"The second goal was a header from the smallest player on the pitch, so you'd be so disappointed if you're Sam Allardyce."