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Can Guardiola and Aguero be Jesus’ wise men?

The new kid is flying, but there's a lot of work to do

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Manchester City look to be back on track after seemingly enduring a winter of discontent. Pep Guardiola’s men suffered some poor results in December and the start of January, losing to Leicester and Everton, conceding four goals in each defeat, as well as letting Chelsea run riot at the Etihad.

Now, however, the Citizens are faring a lot better and are unbeaten in four and acquiring Gabriel Jesus during the January transfer window has played a huge part in that.

The Brazilian youngster has played just three games for City but already has three goals and one assist to his name, featuring in City’s 3-0 FA Cup win away to Crystal Palace, their 4-0 away demolition of West Ham and last gasp win over Swansea in which Jesus grabbed the winner. And at the tender age of 19, the forward is only set to get better, and according to the guys at, a contender in the making for the prestigious Ballon d’Or.

At times, youngsters and foreign players can struggle to adjust to the physicality of the Premier League but it’s clear that Jesus is finding life in England a breeze.

City are currently residing in third place in the Premier League, one point behind second place and ten adrift of leaders Chelsea.

It looks unlikely that Antonio Conte is going to slip up and whilst the league may prove to be just out of reach for the Blues, progression in the Champions League is possible.

Guardiola’s side will face Monaco in the round of the last 16 and have a real chance of winning the competition. Admittedly, they face a tough test against the Ligue One leaders but they won’t let that deter them as they have already showed that they can beat the best this season.

The Blues showed their ruthless streak in games away to Steaua and at home to Borussia Monchengladbach winning 5-0 and 4-0, respectively. They also produced a 3-1 win over La Liga giants Barcelona. English teams rarely produce in Europe and the Champions League is often dominated by the Spanish and German elite but City have showed their worth.

Messi put the Catalonians ahead before a Gundogan brace and De Bryune strike rescued it for the hosts.

Jesus will undoubtedly feature in City’s Champions League campaign, however, his rise to stardom in England isn’t good news for everyone at the club. Sergio Aguero has found himself fall down the pecking order, behind the 19-year-old. Rumours suggest that the Argentine’s behind the scenes antics may have caused a rift at the club which caused the dip in form.

Aguero responded to being dropped for City’s recent games by stating he will wait till the end of the season to see if Guardiola still wants him. The striker was said to be perturbed by Guardiola’s request for him to work harder off the ball and now, favouring Jesus is likely to further strain their relationship.

But are City really going to sell the striker who helped them to two Premier League titles and who is just 23 goals short of their all-time scoring record?

Surely the competition of two very talented South Americans is a positive? Real Madrid have long been interested in the 28-year-old and PSG are keeping a close eye on the situation.

And with the Chinese Super League splashing the cash and attracting many big names, it would come as no surprise if with the Argentine was met with a host of offers in the summer.

Though, if Guardiola can continue this form with City and Jesus maintains such a record, it’s probable that Agüero will want to remain in Manchester to equal the club’s scoring record and help the Blues win a third title.