Sergio Aguero is in fine form for Manchester City. Photo: EPA

LONDON – Sergio Aguero’s sixth Premier League hat-trick in the 6-0 demolition of Watford drew unstinting praise from his Manchester City teammates on Sunday.

The 29-year-old Argentinian – who needs just three goals to become Manchester City’s all-time leading scorer and replace Eric Brook who has held the record of 177 since 1939 – is a “goal machine”, according to Ilkay Gundogan.

Now only Alan Shearer with 11, Robbie Fowler with nine and Michael Owen and Thierry Henry with eight, have more Premier League hat-tricks.

“He’s very special, just a goal machine,” Gundogan told City’s official website.

“His last goal was incredible, it showed all his talent and how powerful he is.

“We need him, and hopefully he’ll score a lot more goals.”

Aguero could have had four goals, but he stepped aside to allow Raheem Sterling to take a penalty against Watford – the England international converted it, but was left purring about his teammate’s clinical finishing.

“You can see every game that if you give Sergio a chance, nine times out of 10 it’s a goal,” said Sterling.

City’s thrashing of an in-form Watford side sent them top of the table, and they have now scored 15 goals and conceded none in three matches in eight days.