Pep Guardiola has urged Gabriel Jesus to remain patient for regular first team football at Manchester City.

The Brazilian striker scored for the Blues in the 3-0 win at Shakhtar Donetsk in midweek and he's now scored in his last four starts for the club and has netted 13 goals in his last 11 starts.

But Jesus is likely to return to the bench for the Premier League fixture with Watford tomorrow, with Sergio Aguero back in the starting line-up, having scored seven goals in five appearances this season.

Playing back-up to Aguero has become something of a thankless task for Jesus, who knows whatever he does in his chances to start it is unlikely to be enough to find him ahead of the Argentine in City's biggest games.

Guardiola has praised Jesus' "incredible" attitude in training and his approach to fighting for a position with a club "legend" in Aguero, and he insisted that the 22-year-old has a huge future at the Etihad.

 

While the Catalan didn't rule out Jesus starting again against the Hornets, he is more likely to find himself back on the bench behind the increasingly prolific Aguero.

"He's an incredible player, his behaviour in the training session is incredible, he has to fight for a position with a legend but he accepts it. My praise for him is over the moon," Guardiola said of Jesus.

"With Gabriel I say 'just be patient'. When he plays I know he does absolutely everything. He's a young striker with an incredible future for this club.

"To sub Sergio you have to have a top player. I am so delighted with the strikers. When Gabriel plays, he does absolutely everything. Like he did in Ukraine, not just for the goal, he fights and plays."