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Gabriel Jesus had the world at his feet as a teenage hotshot and looked destined to be Sergio Aguero's successor... but now is in danger of being squeezed out with Pep Guardiola benching him for the big games and chasing Kane and Haaland Gabriel Jesus showed signs he could be a future world-class striker as a teenager Brazilian has never lived up to expectations or the hopes that he could be prolific City signed Jesus in 2017 with an eye on him eventually replacing Sergio Aguero Guardiola loves Jesus but doesn't trust him, having benched him for big games City could now sign Harry Kane or Erling Haaland to be their No 1 striker instead 

By Jordan Seward For Mailonline

Published: 21:00 BST, 1 May 2021 | Updated: 21:00 BST, 1 May 2021

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For whatever reason, Gabriel Jesus has just never quite fulfilled his early promise.

The Brazilian had the world at his feet when he first joined Manchester City as a 19-year-old hotshot in 2017 and was tipped to go on to become one of this generation's greatest strikers.

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But it would seem that he has fumbled his chance. These days the goals have dried up and he is mostly being left on the bench while a midfielder plays in the striker role that was once destined for him. 

Gabriel Jesus has not fulfilled the early promise he had shown as a teenage star at Man City

Gabriel Jesus has not fulfilled the early promise he had shown as a teenage star at Man City

Jesus scored seven in his first 11 for City but the goals have dried up for the striker recently

Jesus scored seven in his first 11 for City but the goals have dried up for the striker recently

It is hard to argue Jesus' case though when he has scored just 13 times from 35 matches - fewer goals than both Phil Foden and Ilkay Gundogan this season.

Pep Guardiola loves Jesus and sees his future at City, but clearly feels he cannot rely on him to deliver in the big games after leaving him on the bench for the Carabao Cup final and Champions League semi-final at Paris Saint-Germain.

Jesus has had decent returns in the past few years and enjoyed his best scoring season ever last term with 23 goals.

But he has never shown the same ruthlessness in front of goal as in his first campaign where he scored seven in 11 that suggested he could be Sergio Aguero's successor when he eventually left.

Midfielders Phil Foden and Ilkay Gundogan have both scored more times than Jesus this term

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Midfielders Phil Foden and Ilkay Gundogan have both scored more times than Jesus this term

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