Title hopefuls Manchester City and Liverpool are competing to take home the title this year with Pep Guardiola’s side just edging it as the bookies’ favourites following some disastrous results for Klopp’s men.
Both teams have some incredibly tough fixtures coming up and their respective managers will be looking toward all their players to help contribute at one point or another.
It’s not just starters who will be relied on to help push their team over the line. All it takes is one well-timed tactical decision, bringing on a sub, for example, to change a teams fortunes. Just the other night we saw Divock Origi enter the pitch and find himself in a position to secure all three points for against West Ham, only to squander his chance at the last.
On the other hand, Gabriel Jesus is a class young prospect but has seen his minutes reduced dramatically recently with Aguero fully fit and firing, and often fails to affect the game when he’s introduced.
With that in mind, who makes the better impact sub – Jesus or Origi?
Despite Origi’s scoring record of 23 goals in 83 games not being all that terrible, considering he spends the majority of time on the bench, we can definitely tell there’s a gulf in class between him and his teammates.
The Belgium international is the hot prospect that never came to be, but has somehow weathered the transfer market storm and gripped on to his Liverpool career for dear life.
Admittedly, he possesses some strong physical attributes – such as pace and strength – that, if utilised properly, could really help boost his career prospects, but other than that Origi is totally devoid of the technical qualities required to ride with the big teams.
We can’t see him surviving the next transfer window.
TT Rating: C+
Jesus has had to take his opportunity in the domestic cups this year with his appearances in the Premier League often coming off the bench, much like his Belgian counterpart.
However, where their goal tallies aren’t too dissimilar, with Jesus notching 39 goals in 84 games, there’s an obvious difference in ability between the two.
With Jesus, there’s a light at the end of tunnel – a guarantee that he can succeed Aguero when the Argentine finally relinquishes his spot as number one.
He’s got a smart footballing brain and uses it to position himself cleverly inside the box. A real top quality poacher.
TT Rating: A-
We’re opting with the obvious, Gabriel Jesus.
To have such an accomplished footballing brain at his age is remarkable, and if he remains with City – which is incredibly likely – he’ll benefit massively from the constant creative feed supplied by surrounding world-class players.
Origi, unfortunately, is on his last legs in the Premier League and will likely find himself on the transfer list come the summer.Like what the TT have on offer? Sign up for more notifications!
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