FIVE pages of build-up, team news, analysis and comment on City’s clash with Aston Villa
He said in September that he had been working on his left-footed finishing in training: “I scored three goals this season with my left foot, which used to be my weakness. I’m always looking for development.”
Not only does that make him deadlier in front of goal, but it also keeps defenders guessing which way he will go.
Aguero has never truly had that. His goals record is dominated by his right foot – defenders know what he will do, but stopping him is another matter.
An astonishing 73 per cent of Kun’s goals in Champions League and Premier League have come from that right foot, with 18 per cent from the left and nine per cent from his head.
Jesus is an entirely different type of striker, his incessant work rate and movement off the ball creating chances for others.
He has forced Aguero to up his game in both those aspects, while Aguero’s relentless goalscoring is putting pressure on Jesus to increase his own strike rate.
They drive each other on – Aguero has already trimmed his Premier League strike rate to one goal every 108 minutes this season, keeping him way ahead of some top players.
But Jesus has now moved into the top five all-time Premier League strikers in terms of goals per minute.
Behind Aguero come Mo Salah (120 mins per goal), Harry Kane (121 mins), Thierry Henry (122 mins) and then Jesus with 124 minutes, displacing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (126 mins).