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The City Hunger Games: Will Jesus Topple Aguero?

 • by Sam McGuire
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Pep Guardiola must be the envy of most Premier League managers. At his disposal are two of the best strikers in Europe in Sergio Agüero and Gabriel Jesus.

The duo have been involved in 20 league goals this term, sharing 16 goals equally while Agüero has three assists to Jesus’ one. Both bring something different to the Manchester City attack and there’s an understanding there between the two strikers that you rarely see in the modern game.

However, as uncle Ben once said, with great power comes great responsibility. The temptation may be to just pair the two in attack and while it works for certain matches it’s by no means a one size fits all solution. After all, balance has been key to City’s success this season.

Guardiola will more than likely start just the one of them again against Huddersfield Town having done so against Leicester City and Feyenoord recently.

Jesus started the match against the Foxes and found the back of the net. He celebrated with what can only be described as a Ric Flair strut. The Brazilian was benched for the Champions League match against the Dutch champions, coming off it for the final 25 minutes.

Agüero sat out the Premier League match but started in Europe. It was a frustrating night for City’s all-time leading goalscorer and he failed to find the back of the net. It was left to Raheem Sterling to fire home the winner. He did, however, complete 90 minutes for the first time since October.

Logic dictates that the Argentine forward may start the match against Huddersfield on the bench after completing a full match for the only the second time inside of a month.

With a busy period on the horizon, it would be foolish to burn Agüero out. Rotating the pair may be the best way to navigate an intense winter schedule.

But it’s never as straightforward as that, is it? The trip to the Kirklees Stadium gives City the chance to become record breakers.

No club in the English top flight has ever won 11 consecutive away games. Guardiola’s men can break that record with victory over David Wagner’s team. Do you back the tried and tested Agüero to deliver when you need it or entrust the young upstart who is more than holding his own?

Sometimes success makes things even more difficult. Jesus or Agüero; who are you backing to start on Sunday?

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