Pep Guardiola insists Manchester City could not manage without Sergio Aguero, but says the club need Gabriel Jesus too.
Aguero, 28, has scored 18 goals in 25 appearances for City this season but has missed seven games due to two separate suspensions, and Guardiola believes the stakes are too high to rely on just one forward.
“The big clubs need a lot of strikers,” Guardiola said this afternoon. “Sergio remains the most, or one of the most important players in our squad. Without him it is not possible.
“He played all the games except once in Barcelona for a tactical decision, another one here when he came back from Argentina against Everton. But the other games when he was not banned he always played, and played good.”
Pep Guardiola insists he is happy Jesus’ arrival has led to a selection headache ahead of the visit of in-form Swansea to the Etihad Stadium, and believes there is room to accommodate all his forwards.
“We knew that from the beginning, we have a new player and, with Kelechi [Iheanacho], we have seven strikers, with the wingers,” Pep Guardiola said.
“At the end, this guy arrived, he played good and that is why he is playing. They play together, they play individually, Gabriel can play on the left, now I have many options.
“In the three games he [Jesus] played he showed a lot of things in terms of desire, when we do not have the ball helping us in our pressing, his intensity with the ball, his movement always in the box.
“Even when he comes into the middle to play he has the ability to share the ball with his team-mates. So we are happy. He’s just 19 years old, so it’s a lot to improve.”