- Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus are working brilliantly in tandem this season
- The Argentine has scored three goals and the Brazilian four so far
- They combined to devastating effect in City’s 5-0 thrashing of Liverpool
- Aguero unselfishly teed up Jesus to score when clean through on goal
- Pep Guardiola deserves credit for accommodating both strikers in his team
When Sergio Aguero was played clean through by Fernandinho, you’d have bet your bottom dollar on the prolific Argentine striker slotting home his second goal of the game.
Instead, to the surprise of everyone, Aguero slipped the ball to his left, allowing Gabriel Jesus the chance to aim at an open goal. The young Brazilian was never going to miss.
Sergio Aguero (left) watches on after teeing up strike partner Gabriel Jesus (right) to put Manchester City 3-0 up against Liverpool on Saturday
The Brazilian makes no mistake and Aguero starts to celebrate as the ball hits the net
Jesus is quick to turn and show his appreciation to Aguero for the assist
The pair embrace after another major impact playing together for Manchester City
It was a moment that confirmed definitively to City manager Pep Guardiola – and all other observers – that Aguero and Jesus would be able to play together.
‘That means a lot for me, what Sergio did – a lot,’ said Guardiola after the eventual 5-0 win.
‘Strikers are always: ‘I want to score more than my team-mate,’ but it is still important to have the ability to choose the right decision, as Sergio did.
‘When it happens the next time, Gabriel is going to do that for Sergio.’
It must have been a weight off the mind for Guardiola, a coach blessed with an embarrassment of riches in his team’s attack.
Aguero and Jesus are both devastatingly effective strikers but evidently neither is too selfish that they cannont play in tandem with one another and both score plenty of goals.
Aguero and Jesus are working together in tandem incredibly effectively this season
Pep Guardiola has successfully found a way to accommodate Aguero and Jesus in his side
Aguero has scored 172 goals for City and is an indisputable club legend, but plenty of fans wondered what would happen to the 29-year-old when the club signed Jesus back in January.
Here was an outrageously talented 20-year-old bursting with potential and apparently not at all fazed by the rigours of Premier League football.
Jesus scored seven times in 10 league appearances in the second half of last season despite missing most of that time with a metatarsal fracture.
Four goals in his first five matches this season have confirmed he is no flash in the pan, rather a young talent who could go on to match and even exceed Aguero’s achievements.
With the likes of Kevin de Bruyne, Leroy Sane, David Silva and Raheem Sterling, plus summer arrival Bernardo Silva, to keep happy, surely one of the two strikers would have to make way.
But Guardiola has found a way to accommodate both Aguero and Silva, tweaking his system to a 3-1-4-2 or a 4-1-3-2 so they can both play in their favoured centre forward slots.
The young Brazilian’s trademark phone celebration has become a common sight this season
Aguero powers home City’s second goal in their 4-0 Champions League win over Feyenoord
And the results have been spectacular – City have won three and drawn one of the four matches Aguero and Jesus have started together this season.
The past few days have seen them thrash 10-man Liverpool 5-0 in the Premier League and open their Champions League campaign with a 4-0 rout of Feyenoord in Rotterdam.
Aguero has scored twice in those matches, Jesus three times. The pair are complimenting one another very nicely indeed.
The pair just never seem to tread on one another’s toes. In the 1-1 draw against Everton last month, Jesus barely saw the ball inside the penalty box, operating in a service role predominantly on the right.
By contrast, Aguero was constantly inside and around the area, waiting for the service to come.
In City’s 1-1 draw with Everton last month, Jesus (left) assumed a deeper position, while Aguero (right) spent lots of time inside the opposition penalty box
By contrast, in last weekend’s 5-0 win over Liverpool, Jesus (left) spent more time in the penalty area than Aguero (right), who dropped deeper to the right side
In the win over Liverpool, a role reversal occurred. Jesus was the one camped in the penalty area, while Aguero occupied the space between the 18-yard line and half-way line on the right side.
It shows a flexibility in both players and also an unselfishness – it helps that both are seeing plenty of chances flow their way, and most are being converted.
A healthy competition has been introduced between the pair – Aguero has scored three times this season and Jesus four, and you imagine it’ll be a nip and tuck race all the way until May.
City can look forward to a bright season if these two continue to score at the current rate
When Jesus was signed, there was every chance Aguero could have felt affronted by the arrival of this young upstart and the new challenge that introduced.
But it’s clear in the way the pair celebrate enthusiastically together that their relationship is good. If anything, Aguero will be an excellent mentor for the youngster.
For Guardiola, having solved this particular puzzle, he only has to enjoy the goals rolling in.