It has been a whirlwind start for Manchester City this season as they have become the league’s big hitters this season. They have scored 22 goals in just seven games putting them one goal ahead of their city rivals Manchester United. One of the main reasons behind this mouth-watering performance has been the partnership between Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus.
However, a freak car accident to Aguero has left the Argentine out for up to two months. This gives Jesus the chance to be the main striker at City but will he take this opportunity and keep his teammate out of the side?
Over the last season, it would be either Aguero or Jesus, but this year both players have been on the same pitch at the same time for a good portion of the season. The two South Americans have added so much firepower that anything less the four goals in the game is seen as a poor performance for The Sky Blues.
Aguero will be missed, but Pep Guardiola has a perfect replacement in Jesus who can lead the line, and his pace and tenacity will prove dangerous for sides this season. For a 20-year-old to play up front on his own against the champions of England, Chelsea, and play so well was sensational. His aggression caused much confusion to the back three that they did not know how to deal with the amount of pressure he was putting them under and succumbed to their second loss of the season.
He may not be the classic frontman you expect to be playing as a solo striker, but his work rate and determination never faltered as he consistently worked the channels to disrupt the opposition defence. He can play as a false nine, a deep-lying forward or even as an advanced forward. He is an incredibly versatile striker that will help City an awful lot this season as they challenge for the title.
Jesus has that winning mentality that is vital to any side. As expressed earlier, his determination is a significant factor to his winning mentality, but the facts do not lie as he had has a hand in 16 goals in just 16 Premier League games. Pep surely needs these types of players in his side, and he will be cherishing the fact he has an out and out winner who already has an Olympic Gold medal and Brasileirão title to his name.
Missing Aguero is a massive blow as he is Manchester City’s top goal scorer but with Jesus replacing him and the likes of Raheem Sterling and Leroy Sane able to provide firepower up front as well, The Citizens should be able to cope without him for now. However, he could well lose his place in the starting XI if the Brazilian continues playing the way he has played this season.