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Gabriel Jesus is certainly quite the name to use in rotation. Indeed, the Brazilian is unfortunate that he finds himself alongside one of the greatest strikers in the world – Sergio Aguero – at the Etihad, though continually strengthens his case for a starting berth when entrusted to lead the line for Pep Guardiola’s team.
Jesus was a reasonably unknown entity when he arrived in Manchester back in 2017. Having taken the Brazilian league by storm by notching 21 goals and six assists in just 52 appearances for Palmeiras, the young South American was bought by City for £28m.
Jesus’ first two starts for the Cityzens saw him score three goals – instantly making his mark on the Premier League. Fast forward two years and the Brazil international has now scored 50 goals and bagged 19 assists for Manchester City, helping the club win back-to-back Premier League titles alongside two League Cup triumphs and an FA Cup (per Transfermarkt).
Indeed, after Jesus scored his 50th goal for City during last month’s 2-0 win over Crystal Palace, Sky Sports pundit Jamie Redknapp heaped praise on the 22-year-old marksman.
“It must be very difficult for him though. We’re not talking about a player who should be playing second fiddle because he is so good,” said the ex-Liverpool midfielder (via Daily Mail).
“But sometimes you just have to accept it. He mentioned it himself, Aguero is a legend. A couple of years ago it looked like he would be the number one striker, but Sergio rose to the challenge because there was talk that he might have to leave.
“I was very impressed with him. You can see he’s thoroughly enjoying his game, and he’s not the sort of guy who’s going to cause a problem. When you see his smile after scoring a goal like that, that’s what football’s all about.”
Transfermarkt now value Jesus at £63m – £35m more than his fee just two years ago. Great business by City, who will only continue to benefit from this young man’s spectacular talent as the years progress.
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