Sergio Aguero finally rediscovers his form after ending his six-game goal drought
Sergio Aguero ended his six-game goal drought and put in a match-winning performance against West Brom as Manchester City returned to winning ways with a 4-0 victory at The Hawthorns.
We take a look at how the striker rediscovered his form with a brilliant brace in the Midlands.
The striker had not scored during Manchester City's six-game winless run, Pep Guardiola's worst as a manager, but ended that when he rifled in after 19 minutes.
It was an unerring finish to give the visitors a deserved lead and it was his sixth goal in just nine games against West Brom.
He only had to wait a further nine minutes for another when he brilliantly curled into the top corner from 20 yards after poor Albion defending.
The chances dried up after the break and he had two shots blocked.
The Argentina international combined well with Nolito early on, only for Nolito's goal to be ruled out as Aguero had strayed offside, and quite apart from his goals he put in a huge shift.
He came wide and deep in search of the ball and produced a cheeky assist for Ilkay Gundogan for City's third.
He won the ball back from Darren Fletcher in the build-up for another Nolito chance and was at the heart of most of their moves.
That he only went on one individual dribble in the first half showed how much he valued his team-mates' support as the visitors executed Guardiola's game-plan perfectly.
Aguero came in for some rough treatment early on, Jonas Olsson picking up a booking for going through the back of him, but he kept his cool to produce two ice-cold finishes to start the visitors' victory parade.
There could have been an element of frustration after a quieter second half, especially after he was bundled over by James McClean, but the 28-year-old simply got on with his game and led by example.
It seems no coincidence the striker found his shooting boots and Manchester City won again. Ever since signing for the club in 2011 he has been integral to the team, regardless of whether Roberto Mancini, Manuel Pellegrini or Pep Guardiola has been in charge.
He has scored 149 goals in 221 appearances for the club and he provided superstar quality against the Baggies along with a fine work-rate which sets him apart from some of his Premier League peers.
City have a squad of world-class players, with Gundogan also impressive at The Hawthorns after his two goals, but Aguero just makes it looks so effortless.
In today's inflated market he looks a steal for the £38million City paid Atletico Madrid five years ago and he sent out a warning to Barcelona that City are ready to avenge their 4-0 defeat at the Nou Camp earlier this month.