Jesus’ star rises in City revival

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BOURNEMOUTH, UK: Manchester City forward Gabriel Jesus aims to extend his dazzling start to life in the Premier League with another inspired display at Bournemouth on Monday.

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Pep Guardiola’s team dropped out of the Champions League qualification places after losing four of the nine top-flight matches they played during December and January.

Three successive wins across two competitions have brazightened the mood however, with Jesus making significant contributions in each match.

The Brazil striker, whose move from Palmeiras was completed during the mid-season transfer window, has scored three times in two Premier League starts, and got both goals as Swansea were defeated 2-1 at Eastlands last Sunday.

In the last few days, team-mates Fernandinho and Yaya Toure have both warned against getting too carried away with the 19-year-old’s excellent start, yet some pundits have asked if this might be the beginning of the end for Sergio Aguero at City.

Aguero has made only brief substitute appearances in each of the club’s last two matches, and suggested after the Swansea match that he was unsure about his future, although City moved swiftly to indicate that they had no plans to sell a striker who is under contract until 2020.

It has been a difficult season for the Argentina international, which has missed seven City matches through suspension, had missed four penalties for club and country by the middle of October.

Aguero has also lost his starting place in the national team of late too and may have to settle for a place on the bench at Bournemouth.

With City in fifth place, behind fourth placed Liverpool on goal difference, Guardiola has other selection issues to consider.

AFP

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