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Aguero and Jesus can thrive together at Manchester City

David Nugent in Editorial, English Premier League 4 Feb 2017

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Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero can thrive alongside new arrival Gabriel Jesus

There has been a lot of talk about Sergio Aguero’s future at Manchester City.

The Argentinian has endured a stop-start campaign for the Citizens, having served two suspensions this season. On Wednesday night he was benched for the 4-0 win at West Ham in the Premier League.

His replacement was Brazilian starlet Gabriel Jesus. The 19-year-old wasted little time making an impact on his full top-flight debut, scoring and also producing an assist in the clash.

His performance in the central striking role seems to have added doubt to Aguero’s future. Or at least his status as the undisputed first choice striker at the club.

Aguero is one of the best strikers in the world

Aguero may not be enjoying his best campaign in a City shirt. However, he still has to be regarded as one of the best strikers in the world. There are few strikers in the world as deadly in front of goal as the little Argentinian when on top form.

The fact Aguero has 11 Premier League goals this season and has missed six games this season shows that he has still been in decent form. The 28-year-old is the sort of striker that will go on runs of scoring goals. Earlier in the season, he scored five goals in four appearances.

Aguero is adapting to Pep Guardiola’s style of management. I believe Aguero will be in the City starting line-up for their home game against Swansea on Sunday, a game which the Citizens are odds of 2/9 to win.

Once Aguero starts scoring then I suspect he may well go on a scoring run, as he has been accustomed to in recent years.

Jesus is an exciting player

No doubt about it young Jesus is a highly exciting player. At 19-years-old he seems to have bags of talent and does not seem to be daunted by the rough and tumble of the English game. This youngster grew up in a Brazilian Favela. Anything English football has to throw at him I am sure he can handle.

City may not have technically bought anybody in January, but Jesus’ arrive could prove a key one. Jesus is considered to be the next big youngster off the Brazilian football conveyor belt of talent.

The Citizens paid Palmeiras £27million for his services and were prepared to throw the youngster straight into their team. That is how highly the forward is rated.

Jesus’ technical ability may be his main strength. However, what could prove crucial to his success at City in the next couple of years is his versatility. He can play as a central striker, but he can also play on the left-wing.

With Aguero already at the club and due a return to form this could be crucial in the youngster gathering valuable first team minutes at City. Guardiola obviously believes in the Brazilian so a switch to the left-wing for the Swansea game cannot be ruled out.

Aguero and Jesus could prove deadly together

Getting Jesus and Aguero on the same team sheet and firing could be the key to Guardiola turning things around in Manchester. City have shown that they cannot defend, but going forward they can be devastating.

I doubt many defences would like to face either of the South American pair. One or the other is bad enough, but both could prove to be dynamite for City. This is the classic tale of the established star being challenged by the highly talented newcomer.

However, just because Jesus has come to England and impressed in his short career so far does not mean that it is the end for Aguero. In fact, another creative player in the City team could see the Argentinian scoring, even more, goals.

It is hard to see Aguero leaving Manchester City anytime soon. If he was made available I would have thought most of the top European clubs would be looking to sign him.

For now, though he has to concentrate on rediscovering his top form and profiting from the arrival of Jesus, rather than seeing him as a threat to his long-term City future.

Can Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus form a deadly alliance at City?

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

David Nugent


David is a freelance football writer with nearly a decade of experience writing about the beautiful game. The 33-year-old has written for over a dozen websites and also an international soccer magazine offline.
Arguably his best work has come as an editorial writer for Soccernews, sharing his good, bad and ugly opinions on the world’s favourite sport. During David’s writing career he has written editorials, betting previews, match previews, banter, news and opinion pieces.

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