Sergio Aguero has vowed to "fight to the death" as he attempts to make an instant impact on the Premier League following his £38 million transfer to Manchester City.
The 23-year-old Argentine striker is seen as the natural replacement for Carlos Tevez should the City captain decide to follow through on his stated desire to engineer a transfer closer to South America. But unlike Tevez, Aguero has made it plain that he intends to stick with City for the long haul after spending the first five years of his career in Europe at Spanish side Atletico Madrid.
"My style has always been to fight to the death for every ball and give 100 per cent in every game," Aguero said. "I'm not a player who can do everything but I still have plenty to offer," added Aguero, who is the son-in-law of Diego Maradona.
Like Maradona, Aguero is blessed with phenomenal close control which allows him to dribble at pace, aligned with a low centre of gravity which enables him to change direction swiftly and leave defenders groping at shadows. Lokomotiv Moscow coach Anatoliy Byshovets was left awestruck after one scintillating Aguero performance in the UEFA Champions League. "He reminds me of Romario except that he pressures all over the pitch and plays a greater role in the team's play," he said.
Aguero's Argentina team-mate Javier Mascherano says the youngster's unpredictability is his greatest asset. "(Aguero) is dangerous because it's impossible to know which way he is going to go. His dribbling is a 10 out of 10 and his imagination is too. He never does the same thing twice - he is always inventing something new," Mascherano said.
Aguero had reportedly favoured a move to Juventus before City clinched his transfer. Aguero said he had been encouraged to head to Eastlands after speaking to another Argentine team-mate Pablo Zabaleta. "Zabaleta told me all about them and it is all very positive. He told me that it is a happy squad and I have only heard good things," said Aguero, who sat on the bench on Sunday as City surrendered a 2-0 lead to lose 3-2 to Manchester United in the Charity Shield.
"After I spoke to Zabaleta and when we were talking, I asked my agents to do everything they could because this is a good club and I always wanted to play in the Premier League. It is a good club and this feels right. I don't think I'll have too many problems settling into the team," he said.
"I'll obviously be doing my best to do what the manager asks and try to work the way he wants me to, and of course he will know how he wants to use me. Once I'm out on the field I will get to know my way round, but I can't say that for sure because I have not even made my debut yet. But I'm sure everything will be fine. I'm going to be relaxed about it."
Aguero, a gold medallist with Argentina at the 2008 Olympic Football Tournament and a leading light in Atletico's UEFA Europa League win in 2010, believes he can add to his collection of silverware with City. "I saw them win the FA Cup last season and I think we are a team that will be fighting every year to win major trophies - and I hope it is quite a few major trophies," he said.