The Manchester City fans were relieved to move into 2018 with their unbeaten record still in tact after a dramatic finale to their away trip to Selhurst Park on New Year’s Eve.
Pep Guardiola’s City slickers rode their luck on the final day of 2017 against Crystal Palace. City’s Brazilian goalkeeper Ederson has been one of the stars of the show so far this season and a strong mid-season contender for signing of the season, and he once again proved his value within the star-studded City squad by saving Luka Milivojevic’s 92nd minute penalty. However, his last gasp heroics were not enough to continue City’s incredible run of 18 league victories on the bounce, as the game finished 0-0 in South-London.
Ederson’s penalty save was perhaps the only silver lining to an otherwise miserable afternoon for The Citizens which saw both Kevin de Bruyne and Gabriel Jesus forced off through injury.
And it seems as if City’s Brazilian striker has suffered the more severe of the two injuries, as City’s official website have reported Jesus is set for a lengthy spell on the sidelines after suffering medial collateral ligament damage.
The loss of Jesus at this stage in the season has stirred up plenty of concern amongst The Citizens faithful propping up the bar in the tavern, as his injury leaves Guardiola with only one recognised centre-forward at his disposal.
City still have plenty to play for in four separate competitions this season, and there is absolutely no doubt Guardiola will be hoping to win them all this season.
But for all of Sergio Aguero’s qualities, his record with injuries in recent years cannot be ignored, and he will certainly struggle to lead the line for the remainder of the season without the support of another striker.
With that being said, here are two players Guardiola should pursue in January to ease the burden of losing Jesus.