Jesus continues to push Aguero, give Guardiola food for thought at striker

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4:48 PM ETTom WilliamsESPN.com writer LONDON — As Gabriel Jesus strolled into Selhurst Park ahead of Manchester City’s routine 2-0 victory over Crystal Palace — earbuds in, wash bag in hand — he may have permitted himself a moment of nostalgia.It was at this same ground, in January 2017, that he made his full City debut, laying on the first goal of a 3-0 victory in the FA Cup fourth round with a sublime through ball for Raheem Sterling and leaving his new manager Pep Guardiola purring over his aggression, movement and link-up play.The future looked bright for the then 19-year-old, who had joined City in a £27 million transfer from Brazilian side Palmeiras. Even after breaking his foot in his fourth appearance, which kept him on the sidelines for two and a half months, he finished his first half-season in English football with an impressive return of seven goals in 11 appearances.– Man City ratings: KDB, Jesus star vs. Palace– Guardiola: City will recover ‘in the fridge’ at ChristmasConfronted by the challenge presented by his young, hungry rival, Sergio Aguero’s days as City’s undisputed first-choice striker looked numbered, but instead the Argentine knuckled down, addressed the areas of his game where Guardiola felt he was deficient and ended up strengthening his grip on a starting berth.Jesus’ career at

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