Sergio Agüero set a new Premier League record when, following six goals and an assist in just three appearances in January, he was named the player of the month for a seventh time. His latest run of goals also meant he became the highest-scoring overseas player in the competition’s history; his three during their 6-1 victory over Aston Villa meant that he surpassed Thierry Henry’s 175 goals, and that 12th hat-trick took him clear of Alan Shearer’s previous record of 11.
Beyond those three against Villa, there were two further finishes against Crystal Palace, and another against Sheffield United. The influential Steven Gerrard and Harry Kane had previously been level with Agüero’s six player of the month awards, and the latest was earned ahead of fellow nominees Alisson, Abdoulaye Doucouré, Jack Grealish, Jordan Henderson, Jack Stephens and Ayoze Pérez.
“Henry is one of the most incredible players I have seen in this league and he will be proud that Sergio is the guy that broke his record,” Manchester City’s decorated manager Pep Guardiola recently said. “He was a legend and with Sergio it’s the same. To score this amount of goals as a foreign player and this amount of hat-tricks means you have done, for many years, a lot of good things.”