English Premiership

Guardiola: Jesus gives City a bright future

Gabriel Jesus (Getty Images)
Gabriel Jesus (Getty Images)

Cape Town - Pep Guardiola believes the future is bright for Manchester City after £27million teenager Gabriel Jesus prompted a rout over West Ham.

Despite Sergio Aguero being confined to a substitute's role, City's front three of Jesus, Kevin De Bruyne and Leroy Sane proved too hot to handle in City’s 4-0 drubbing at the London Stadium.

Jesus has wasted no time in making an impression after his January move from Palmeiras, with the 19-year-old marking his first Premier League start with a goal and an assist.

"These three guys are the future for this club," said Guardiola.

"The average age is 20 years old. You cannot see strikers as young as those in big European clubs at the moment, so that is good for the future.

"We're delighted Gabriel arrived already for the team. He's showing us his potential and his level. He is able to fight against players who are taller than him. He is young, a striker for Brazil, so he has something."

He added: "He wants to be a good player, and that helps a lot. He has dreams about what he wants to do in his future career. He wants to become something in world football, and we're going to try and get that for us."

Guardiola rubbished suggestions that Jesus is Aguero's replacement though after insisting that the pair can play in the same line-up.

"They can play together. Gabriel can play on the left side. Sergio, for us, remains such an important player for us. We cannot achieve our goals without his contribution," he added.