Pep Guardiola’s message to Jeremy Doku as he names Man City’s new undroppable

Pep Guardiola admitted even he didn&apost think new signing Jeremy Doku would play as well as he did at West Ham.

City paid Rennes 55.5m to buy the 21-year-old winger this summer but assistant Juanma Lillo cautioned against putting too much responsibility on his shoulders too early and he could only show glimpses of his potential on debut against Fulham. However, on his second outing he terrorised West Ham defender Vladimir Coufal and got the important equaliser in a 3-1 win for the Blues to show he can quickly influence games.

Guardiola was nodding along at the mere mention of Doku&aposs name in his press conference at the London Stadium and did not need an invitation to talk of how well the new recruit had done in City&aposs fifth straight Premier League win. While the Blues know that it will take time for any player to adapt to this environment, Doku has raised expectations.

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Guardiola said Julian Alvarez is now almost undroppable from the City team after two assists at West Ham.

Alvarez has the unenviable task of competing with goal machine Erling Haaland to be the main striker at City, and while he made plenty of appearances in his first season at the club he was unable to dislodge the record-breaking No.9. However, injuries and departures have opened up an opportunity for the Argentine to find another way into the team and he is taking full advantage.