Sergio Aguero fight for his future at Manchester City
City’s top scorer has been among the substitutes for the last two Premier League games while impressive new signing Gabriel Jesus has led the line.
Jesus continued his stunning start to life at City by scoring both goals in Sunday’s 2-1 win over Swansea at the Etihad Stadium, including their last-gasp winner.
The 19-year-old registered his first goal since joining the club in a £27million move from Palmeiras in the midweek win at West Ham.
His success has sparked fresh speculation over the future of Aguero, which has not been uncommon since Pep Guardiola took over as manager last summer
Speaking after the Swansea game, Aguero said: Sometimes this happens. When you’re on the bench you have to wait for your opportunity.
I have three months to do my best and try to help the team and we’ll see what happens with my future.
Aguero, who has scored 154 goals for City since joining the club in 2011, is contracted until 2020 and insists he has not thought about leaving.
The Argentinian said: No, no. I have to help the team as much as I can in these three months, afterwards we’ll see what the club wants to do with me.
In three years my contract is up, that’s why I say I’m happy at the club. In these last three months that are left I have to help the club and as I say the club will decide if I have a place here or not. I want to stay, of course.
City were forced to dig deep against the relegation-threatened Swans despite completely dominating the first half.
Jesus’ 11th-minute opener was all the hosts had to show for a superb performance early on and they were made to pay for their profligacy when Gylfi Sigurdsson equalised nine minutes from time.
They roused themselves in the latter stages and snatched victory in injury time when Jesus tapped in after Lukasz Fabianski had saved his initial header.
Guardiola admitted he has been surprised by how quickly Jesus has adapted to life in England.
He said: For the last two to three years he never had a break, he played a lot of games in Brazil. I said, ‘Take your time, come back when you are ready’.
But he is 19 years old, Brazilian, physically strong, he needs few training sessions to be ready. He told me, ‘I am never tired, I am always fit, I recover quick’. His father and mother gave him this talent.
Now we have to protect him but everybody is a bit surprised by his level.
Guardiola said there was no issue with Aguero.
Asked what the 28-year-old’s reaction to being named on the bench was, Guardiola said: It is perfect, don’t worry about that – but of course he wants to play.
City’s victory lifted them to third in the table.
Guardiola said: We were close not to winning the game at 1-1 but I think in 90 minutes we deserved to win in terms of chances. The gap (in performance) between the first and second half was too big.
Swansea boss Paul Clement expressed his frustration about the winning goal, saying a free-kick for City in the build-up should not have been awarded and was taken from the wrong position.
My opinion is that it wasn’t a foul, Clement said.
It was right in front of me. (Luciano) Narsingh tried to evade the challenge of (Aleksandar) Kolarov. The linesman has thought he’s got him and thrown him across his body but that wasn’t the case – Kolarov has tried to go shoulder to shoulder, Narsingh has got out of the way and Kolarov has gone across the front of him.
Okay, you can get those or not – but it is the restart I am disappointed about.
It was 10 metres deeper than it should have been, in a more central position, and the ball is rolling.
In the time it takes for that ball to go back and be taken from the correct place, I am confident my team is in a more organised state than it was when they took the free-kick.
Ultimately there is an error defensively (from Swansea when the goal went in) but it I don’t think it should have got to that point.
We’d done enough over the 90 minutes to warrant the draw. I don’t think we deserved to win but a draw would have been fair.