Sergio Aguero was at his brilliant best again on Wednesday, with his deadly double helping Manchester City to lift their Stadium of Light hoodoo in a 4-1 win at Sunderland.
The Argentine hit-man now has 14 goals in as many outings this season, pulling him three clear of Chelsea’s Diego Costa in the race for the Premier League’s Golden Boot.
The stocky South American is setting the top-flight benchmark at present, but that is not to say that he cannot be caught.
With City expected to mount a sustained challenge for title glory, as they seek to prevent their crown from being snatched away, you have to expect that Aguero will continue to weigh in heavily on the goal front.
If a rival were to hit a purple path, though, then they may find themselves rocketing up the scoring charts.
Swansea City’s Wilfried Bony is among those hoping to rein in Aguero, with the Ivory Coast international setting the rather ambitious target of building on his six strikes so far and surging to the top of the striker rankings.
He said, after failing to find the target in the Swans’ 2-0 victory over Queens Park Rangers on Tuesday: "It would be nice to finish above Aguero, although of course the most important thing is that the team wins. If I score it is good if it helps us to take more points.
"The goalkeeper did very well against me on Tuesday, but that is ok. We won the game - I will keep my goals for the next time.
"We are very happy about where we are in the season so far and we will just focus on ourselves and aim to keep improving and getting results."
|Team||Goals||Total Scoring Att||Ontarget Scoring Att||Appearances||Mins Played|
|Sergio Agüero||Man City||14||74||34||14||1,046|
Bony has hit 18 goals in 2014, one more than Aguero has managed over the same period of time.
He was, however, only able to plunder 16 in the Premier League throughout the entire 2013/14 campaign, and that was considered to be a healthy return for a man who shone on his bow in English football.
Given that Aguero is only two short of that total already, and it is still only December, you get the feeling that Bony and his fellow forwards will be left empty-handed when individual honours are handed out at the end of the season.