Leicester City striker Leonardo Ulloa has expressed his desire to emulate the Premier League success of fellow Argentinian exports Sergio Aguero and Carlos Tevez.
The 28-year-old has got off to a hot start to life in the top-flight since arriving from Brighton & Hove Albion this summer for a club-record £8 million fee, scoring three goals over the club’s opening four matches to earn widespread plaudits.
One of 22 Argentines in the division, the former Almeria front man also saw compatriot Esteban Cambiasso join him at the King Power Stadium last month and, though he admits he has a long way to go to match the achievements of such international stars, strides are being made towards improving his game.
‘There is a good tradition of Argentinian players in England but, for me, I am not at that level yet of Aguero, Tevez and now Cambiasso,’ he told the Leicester Mercury.
‘When I watch games, I try to copy their moves and their style.
‘When Tevez stops the ball and shields it from the defenders, I try to learn that, how to lean into the defenders. I am a different player, I am bigger, but I try to learn different things to be a better player and help the team.'
Sunday’s home match against Manchester United is set to see Ulloa face off against Angel Di Maria and Marcos Rojo, who were both crucial to La Albiceleste’s run to the World Cup final this summer, and the Foxes' main man is looking forward to the matchup.
‘I have never played with them before, but I know they are good guys,’ he said.
Despite netting 23 goals in 50 Championship appearances during his 18-month spell on the south coast, some questioned the fee Leicester shelled out for Ulloa at the time, considering his lack of big league experience, but he insists that the transition hasn’t been as tough as some make out.
‘It is different because in the Premier League there is more quality and intensity,’ he added. ‘But it is not a massive difference. I am enjoying the experience.’