Gabriel Jesus is possibly one of the hottest Brazilian talents in world football to date, the Palmeiras youth graduate has been nothing but impressive since his €33 million move to Manchester City, completing his move in January of this year.
Since making his debut against Tottenham Hotspur, the Brazilian prospect has been a goal machine, scoring seven times in his first ten appearances in the Premier League.
Sadly, though, his season was cut short due to a broken metatarsal in his right foot, but from the handful of appearances he made at that point, City fans knew they had a talent on their hands.
With Sergio Aguero getting on in age, Jesus will add a much needed youthful element to City, along with the likes of Bernardo Silva and Ederson coming into the club this summer. It’s a welcome injection of youth given most of City’s key players are in there late twenty’s or early/mid 30’s.
It seems as though Pep Guardiola is going for a youthful approach this season and the Brazilian could be a key part of that exciting front three, featuring the likes of summer signing Silva and Kevin De Bruyne, one of the stars of last season.
The talented Jesus has been one of the only few in recent years who has really made a massive impact coming in during the January window, especially since he had come from South America.
Fans did not expect him to hit the ground running so quickly, but he was involved in a goal every 59 minutes last season in the Sky Blue shirt, giving another reason for Pep to make him the main striker, or at least give him a feature role.
A Guardiola type player
The Spanish tactician is a massive admirer of the Brazilian youngster, stating that he will be the spearhead of the Citizens’ attack for many years to come and it’s hard to disagree due to his prolific finishing and high work rate.
Jesus presses from the front, something which Guardiola has lacked in Aguero during his tenure at Manchester City, though the Argentine has made a concerted effort to improve this aspect of his game.
The Brazilian’s eagerness to learn the ropes of the Premier League from the Spaniard has certainly helped him settle in the country and it has paid dividends, with Jesus playing football at a level that most players at his age could only dream of.
With Jesus only 20, the Brazilian prodigy has plenty of room to improve, with Pep taking him under his wing.
Even Guardiola was shocked at how quickly he adapted to the Premier League and it got to the point that he had to drop the talismanic Aguero. However, the relationship between the two had arguably become strained somewhat, with Guardiola not impressed with how the Argentine puts himself about off the ball.
Jesus, therefore, is young, eager, adaptable with a massive ceiling; all the base attributes Guardiola values in a prospective player. Moreover, he’s hard working, another trait the Spaniard values higher than most. He’s the perfect Guardiola player.
Possible Aguero partnership
The idea of having Jesus and Aguero up front together could result in goals galore. Guardiola, in particular, believes that they both have complementary qualities to form a formidable partnership in front of goal.
If there was the possibility of playing two up top at city, Jesus could learn a lot from playing with the Argentine, who has bagged 20 goals or over for the last three seasons in the Premier League.
The likeliness of Pep going two up top is very low due to how the game is played now, plus the fact the Spaniard typically prefers a lone striker.
However, it would spring something of a tactical surprise and would give two centre-backs a striker each to mark, perhaps creating space in the back line for the supporting midfielders to exploit.
What does the future hold?
The future looks bright for the Guardiola prodigy. Based on what we’ve seen of Jesus so far, there is no reason why you cannot be excited about the future.
With Guardiola at the helm, there is no doubt that Gabriel Jesus will turn into one of the Premier League and Brazil’s top players.
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