Argies scoop awards as Pochettino and Aguero impress

Pochettino

There'll be no crying for Argentina today, as Manchester City's Sergio Aguero and Southampton's Mauricio Pochettino both clinched monthly gongs in the Premier League.

Both are internationals for Argentina, though some years apart, and have impressed in their respective positions with Manchester City and Southampton respectively, as Aguero wins October Player of the Month and Pochettino clinches Manager of the Month for October.

Aguero has been in scintillating form over the past month, scoring against Everton, a brace against West Ham, and the equalising goal at Stamford Bridge in City's 2-1 defeat at the hands of Chelsea. Aguero's partnership with Alvaro Negredo has flourished into arguably the best in the Premier League, and doesn't get as much attention as Luis Suarez-Daniel Sturridge or Wayne Rooney-Robin van Persie.

The pair combined to score all five goals in City's Champions League win over CSKA Moscow in midweek, and with the duo also excelling in the Premier League, expect to see Aguero continuing his goalscoring exploits in the coming months. Aguero started November with a bang too, with a goal against Norwich in last week's 7-0 thumping of the Canaries, and will be hoping to replicate his October form.

Meanwhile, Southampton boss Pochettino has masterminded an incredible start to the season, with the Saints having only conceded four goals, making their defence the best in the Premier League so far. October saw Pochettino's side clinch comfortable 2-0 home wins over both Swansea City and Fulham, but they also went to Old Trafford and came away with a point after Adam Lallana's 89th minute equaliser.

Pundits and even some Saints fans were sceptical when Pochettino replaced Nigel Adkins in January, with the latter coming off the back of successive promotions from League One and the Championship. It was seen as another English manager losing his job to a foreigner, and many pointed to Pochettino's poor end to his spell at Espanyol, but he's proving his doubters wrong this season.

The work of Pochettino hasn't gone unnoticed, with three of his players securing places in the England squad for upcoming friendlies against Chile and Germany. Lallana, Jay Rodriguez and Rickie Lambert will be hoping to impress with the World Cup on the horizon, and all have impressed under the Argentine manager this season.

Sustaining their form over the entire season will be tough, but to be in the top six at this stage in the season is a sign of their progress under Pochettino, with European aspirations now a very real possibility on the South Coast.

image: © Living In Pixels

Register for MANCHESTER CITY team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch