Sergio Aguero is back to his razor-sharp best as the Argentine proved in the recent 4-1 win at Stoke - and he is determined to help City retain the Premier League title.
The City striker’s brace ended a run of five games without a goal since returning from injury and took his season’s tally to 21, and if selected, he is hoping to add to that total against Newcastle on Saturday.
Kun had been in the form of his life going into December, but he tweaked knee ligaments as he stretched for a ball just minutes into the home game with Everton, collapsing in agony before leaving the pitch in tears.
Explaining why he felt so emotional at that moment, Aguero said: “I just wanted to keep on playing and I couldn’t. I felt powerless. The match had barely started and I just wanted to keep going and helping my team so realising I’d injured my knee and would probably face a spell on the side-lines really hit me.
“I felt something had happened straight away. I hadn’t a clue how bad it was but I knew something wasn’t right. At that time I felt strong and really happy with my game so it was frustrating to say the least.”
James Milner was forced into taking on an emergency striker role, Jose Angel Pozo was promoted to the senior team and David Silva played in a more advanced role as the Blues tried a variety of options.
Kun watched from the side-lines as his team-mates soldiered on without a recognised front man and was impressed with what he saw.
“We were very unfortunate to have so many injured strikers simultaneously,” he said. “The boys handled it very well, though. It’s not easy to play in someone else’s position, but that said, I thought they were quite effective and we initially continued our winning run.
“Now we are back to full strength and we have also added to our squad. I think Wilfried Bony is a valuable addition to bolster our ranks for the final months of the season. We have a lot of quality in our team which makes things very competitive and it will remain that way.
There have been suggestions Wilfried is a similar player to Alvaro Negredo but no two players are the same. Let’s hope his presence helps in strengthen the team and I look forward to playing alongside him along with Edin and Stevan
And City’s talisman striker believes the champions are more than capable or retaining the title they won last May, adding: “Why not? We were worse off in past seasons we still won and I was always convinced we’d be champions.
“There is a long way to go and a lot of games to play so anything is possible. Right now, it’s anyone’s title and it’s not just two sides competing - there are many teams that are still in the hunt. Arsenal and United are back on their feet, Southampton are not far behind and Liverpool and the Spurs have all shown good form, too.
“I believe this will be one of the most highly contested Premier Leagues of recent years and we will be giving everything to retain our title.”