When Gabriel Jesus arrived at Manchester City and instantly took the Premier League by storm, one player was affected by the Brazilian's incredible start: Sergio Agüero. The City legend was forced to watch from the bench as Jesus continues to score goals and become a fan favorite.
Agüero expressed some concerns about his future last week, saying he's waiting to see "what the club does in the summer", clearly showing he's worried about being sold. But Pep Guardiola reassured Agüero and the fans that El Kun is still seen as the best striker in the squad, and the only reason he cannot play right is because of Jesus' amazing form.
There are reports claiming that Gabriel and Sergio will start together on Monday's match against AFC Bournemouth, and given Guardiola's habit of rotating his team, that might actually be the case, but we have to wait for the teamsheets to be sure.
One theory discussed this week claimed that Agüero's benching was a tactic from Pep to try and get a response from the Argentine, who would be forced to work harder in training because of the competition in his position brought by Jesus. That would in turn improve Agüero's performances, and since Jesus and Sergio can play together in Guardiola's eyes, both players — and the team as a whole — would benefit.
If you are one of those who believe in that theory, you might be right. Willy Caballero is in training every day, and he's seen a different attitude from Agüero this week.
"Kun is an historic player at Manchester City," Caballero told Sky Sports. "I can see he is angry because he wants to play, he wants to take opportunities and score."
Caballero was also full of praise for Gabriel Jesus and his abilities, and thinks the young Brazilian will form a wonderful pairing with Agüero.
"[Jesus] is dynamic, he is fast and has quality. He is going to be very important for us.
"I'm not surprised by how good he is because we have a lot of information and the Argentine players played against him in World Cup qualification. Fernandinho and Fernando know him a lot too, so we had a lot of information on him.
"Hopefully we can see the best Kun Aguero and Gabriel Jesus in the next game."
Look out, Bournemouth.