Gabriel Jesus off the mark as Manchester City rout West Ham again

If this was a glimpse of Manchester City’s future then the Premier League, other than perhaps West Ham United, should rejoice at the thrill that is to come. A team who had run riot in the FA Cup at this expansive venue a little under a month ago merrily put these opponents to the sword once again to surge to within a point of second place. Their authority was hardly ever tested, their brilliance on the ball illuminating the Olympic Park. How they must crave visits to this corner of the capital.

Pep Guardiola had initially paced his huge technical area here but, once his team had eased ahead, sat back and relaxed instead. A few seats along shivered Sergio Agüero for all but the last 17 minutes of play, the Argentinian descending deeper into his bench coat while a new star rose to prominence out on the turf. Gabriel Jesus, recently arrived from Palmeiras for £27m, tormented befuddled West Ham players at will until Sam Byram determined the only way to stop the youngster was to clatter him. Already the Brazilian looks the successor in waiting to Agüero. The thought that he will actually improve in the years ahead is enough to reduce defenders to gibbering wrecks.

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