Sone Aluko can fire Hull City into the Premier League, says James Chester
JAMES Chester believes in-form striker Sone Aluko can produce the magic that fires Hull City all the way to the Premier League.
Aluko enjoyed the perfect first return to boyhood club Birmingham City as he inspired a 3-2 win to keep the Tigers fourth.
Bagging a clinical brace and an assist for Chester inside the opening 33 minutes, Aluko ran riot to send the Tigers into a 3-0 lead at St Andrew's.
Blues fought back, but a stout defensive effort helped City to record their first victory at Birmingham since 1970.
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The day belonged to Aluko and Chester believes his team-mate has the pedigree to make the rest of the Championship cower this season.
"Sone's been a revelation," said Chester. "He's learned his trade in Scotland and I don't think too many people in England would have been aware of him.
"But he's matured a lot in Scotland and we're seeing the benefits of it. Sone's feet are so sharp he can embarrass you in the blink of an eye. It's nice to see an attacking player picking up the ball and running at defenders.
"Him and Simmo (Jay Simpson) are a partnership where their ability is frightening really. If they carry on the way they're going they could easily be embarrassing defenders in the Premier League."
As well as two well-taken goals continuing his rich vein of form with five goals in five games, Aluko also produced his fifth assist when his corner was met by Chester.
"That's eight goals for him now and with 29 games left, he's got a lot of time to be reaching 15 or 20 goals this season," Chester added.
"It's not just goals about his game, though.
"He's created quite a few goals for us, including mine, so he seems to be the all-round player for us."
Chester's first goal since April proved to be the all-important cushion as City clung on to their 10th victory of the season.
After Ravel Morrsion had raised hopes of a comeback late in the first half and Marlon King scored after just 12 seconds of the re-start, the Tigers had to weather an onslaught from Lee Clark's men.
Chester added: "It couldn't have been a worse start to the second half. We spoke about it throughout the interval to keep them quiet, but once they got the goal, I found it quite an enjoyable challenge.
"We knew we had to stay strong. Having been 3-0 up it wouldn't have been nice coming in having drawn.
"It was important to be big and strong and that was something we've not always been in our away games this season, so it was nice."
Chester's contribution comes at a time when negotiations have begun over a new and improved contract beyond the end of 2013-14.
"The manager has spoken to my agent," he said. "There's not been any terms discussed but, as I've said all along, there's no rush for anything with a year still left after this one.
"I'm just concentrating on winning games and getting to the Premier League."