Ardiles: Aguero will be a success in England
Argentina great Ossie Ardiles believes Sergio Aguero will be a "wonderful" addition to the Premier League once his move to Manchester City is finalised. The north-west side are waiting for the completion of all the necessary paperwork, some of it relating to selling club Atletico Madrid and the player himself, before announcing a club-record £35 million transfer.
Ardiles famously played and managed in the English top flight with Tottenham Hotspur and believes Aguero, at 23, represents a fine acquisition by City manager Roberto Mancini. "He is quick, he is sharp and clever," Ardiles told BBC Sport. "He can play as a lone striker, he can play with another guy and can come back and create things. He is very sharp. You give him one yard and this is it, he is gone. His vision is to score goals. If he has a little chance the ball will be in the net.
"I have no doubt whatsoever that he will be wonderful in the Premier League." Aguero has been brought in to replace compatriot Carlos Tevez, who wants to leave to be closer to his wife and two daughters back in Argentina.
However, Ardiles believes if the 27-year-old striker could be persuaded to stay, City would have a profitable partnership as the pair play alongside each other for their country. "That would be a really good combination," he added. "Tevez is really not a proper centre-forward. Tevez definitely wants to play back to midfield and sometimes wants to create as well."
Ardiles also reckons Aguero's temperament means he will adapt to English life and football easily. The former Independiente forward was the youngest player to debut in the Argentinian first division at 15 years and 35 days, breaking the previous record set in 1976 by Diego Maradona, who later became his father-in-law.
Since then he has proved his quality in La Liga and Ardiles is confident he is now ready to start justifying his price tag in the Premier League. "From the beginning as a very young boy he was a special one," said the 58-year-old. "He played for Independiente, a very big club. It is not easy to make your debut so young but he did and he was a sensation.
"And if he wasn't a success at Atletico he wouldn't be at Manchester City now. If you look at some of the other money that has been paid in England, for example, I think that he is incredibly good value for money. He is only 23."