Gabriel Jesus came to Manchester City with a hefty price tag of £32m in January, but the 20-year-old Brazilian has certainly shown his worth so far.
Having started every league game this season the striker has gained great importance within his Manchester City side – scoring against Bournemouth before the international break would’ve been a relief to the youngster as he opened his account for the 2017/18 Premier League season.
Coming up against a Liverpool defence which had kept clean sheets in their previous two league games would have been something Jesus wanted to end. Supported alongside three of best players in the league in Aguero, De Bruyne and Silva, the youngster has experienced shoulders to improve his performances, demonstrated by his impressive performance and brace in the weekend demolition of Liverpool.
Jesus scored his first of the day during an extended period of additional time, due to an injury Ederson sustained in a collision with Mane which resulted in a red card. The Brazilian found space between the Liverpool defence to nod in City’s second goal of the day. De Bruyne whipped in a delightful cross which Jesus was only going to put in the back of the net.
Moments earlier he had a very similar goal ruled out for offside, but he was sure not to make that mistake again as he held his run and diverted the ball past a despairing Mignolet. Critics have previously picked up on his tendency to get caught offside yet this time the awareness of his position was perfect.
The positioning for the goal would not only have pleased himself but his manager too, having previously had goals ruled out for offside most notably on his debut against Spurs last season. Key moments like this can have great importance throughout the season, therefore it would be an aspect of the game he is keen to improve upon.
He doubled his account in the second half with a goal that won’t come much easier this season. Aguero was played through and unselfishly rolled off a pass for Jesus to knock in his third for the season. The forward kept up with play and was well positioned to finish off an excellent move. For many City fans the partnership between their strikers would be very pleasing. Every striker is hungry for goals but the layoff to Jesus demonstrated the strong relationship that is being built between the pair.
The speed and finishing ability of Jesus is enough to frighten many defences in the league, which he has shown in his 14 Manchester City league appearances so far. With age on his side and every game a chance to impress, you would expect him to feature in many more headlines.
Transfer rumours circulating about strike partner Sergio Aguero and the Argentines poor injury record only greaten the value of Jesus. So far, he has shown he is ready to step in and perform when required but while both remain fit and available there will be plenty of goals in the City frontline. Jesus has had a quick start to the season and he will hope to carry his current goal scoring form with him throughout the season.
Written by Ed Barber.