Two 21-year-old Brazilian forwards are being pitted together in this battle, as Marco Silva’s prodigal Richarlison takes on Pep Guardiola’s Gabriel Jesus. The Toffees travel to The Etihad on Saturday for the early kick off in the Premier League, and we’re taking a look at just who edges the clash between two of Tite’s options for the Selecao.
Manchester City’s electric frontman has been sharing the job of leading City’s frontline with Sergio Aguero since he signed back in January 2017, halfway through Pep Guardiola’s first season at the club. The goals have come for the youngster, and it’s easy to forget that he is just 21-years-old when he takes to the pitch. However, there are certainly question marks over the ex-Palmeiras man after his £27 million move from Brazil to Manchester.
This season has seen the striker net just a single Premier League goal in 13 games, a record that he won’t be proud of one bit. Even last season, as the Citizens scored a Premier League record 106 goals in their 38 games, the youngster could only muster 13 for himself, a tally that the majority of fans thought he’d be smashing when he first arrived at the club almost two years ago now. However, the 21-year-old is still plugging away and he’ll be hoping he can improve as we near the second half of the season.
TT GRADE: B
Richarlison was in danger of becoming a flash in the pan after he shone so brightly at Vicarage Road between August and November last year, grabbing five goals in that time before failing to net for the rest of the season. However, Marco Silva gave the Brazilian a new lease of life when he made him the subject of a big money move this summer and it’s a move that has paid dividends for the Toffees, as he’s made an electric start, scoring eight times in his first 15 games.
The meteoric rise of the Goodison Park favourite is something to be marvelled at. Much like his opposite number at The Etihad, it’s very easy to forget just how young the winger-turned-striker is and he’ll be looking forward to trying to show those who still doubt him just how good he really is. It says a lot that he’s gone from obscurity to being Brazil’s starting #9 in just two years, and that stat is a testament to the brilliance of the Everton man.
TT GRADE: A
Both of the young Brazilians have done enough to show that they are worth their salt at their respective clubs, but as Jesus has stuttered somewhat this season whilst Richarlison has thrived, it’s hard to see a way that Richarlison can lose this battle. With that being said, the same won’t be true of Everton this weekend, as the bookies will have Pep Guardiola’s side as the firm favourites for all three points, especially as they look to bounce back from defeat against Chelsea.