Players to watch 2017/18 – Pep’s Brazilian wonder

It was a great way to introduce yourself. Gabriel Jesus arrived with a bang after completing his switch to Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City after it was confirmed in the summer. He started two games scoring three and creating one before being injured. City’s season could have been different if the new Brazilian superstar would have stayed fit. This year he will be crucial to whatever ‘the Sky Blue’s’ achieve. Just how good can he be?

At the age of 20 he is still very young in football terms. The way he came in in January you would have expected him to haven played at the top level for some time. His raw skilful style bamboozled defences in the Premier League. His debut came against Tottenham at the Etihad Stadium. While he did not influence the game in a major way by scoring or assisting he gave Tottenham headaches. He ran at players and was not afraid to get on the ball and try and influence proceedings.

If cameo against Spurs got City fans excited his first start against West Ham must have cemented their belief he would be a star in the Premier League. He stepped up and tore West Ham apart. Even though ‘the Hammers’ struggled last year his performance almost single handedly won City the three points. He scored once and teed up Kevin De Bruyne to finish. Again his movement and pace really made experienced defenders look foolish.

He picked up where he left off when Swansea visited Manchester. He scored both goals in a 2-1 win. He looked quick again and moved into channels to get the best out of his game. Another great performance and the title was back on the lips of City supporters. Then an injury came 15 minutes into City’s away game at Bournemouth. Imagine what would have happened to Pep’s City side if they did not lose their talented youngster for seven games? He would have improved their finishing place that is for sure.

Jesus came into a City side that were starting to advance in years. The earlier stages of the season were brilliant. They took off at some speed but it seemed to catch up to them and inconsistency crept in. The Brazilian magician breathed new life into the squad and it showed. He revolutionised the football being played by the blue side of Manchester.

It was similar business when he returned from injury. Five more starts, four more goals and three more assists meant that Jesus picked up where he left off. It took his tally of goals and assists to seven and four respectively. He has developed a reputation which could see the young Brazilian become one of the leagues best players this season.

He bring City something they have been lacking for a while. Sergio Aguero has been brilliant for the Manchester club but he does not fit the type of football Guardiola wishes to play. Aguero gets you goals but Pep wants more, he wants style. Jesus has great players around you. De Bruyne, David Silva and Raheem Sterling played with him last season and new play maker Bernardo Silva will look forward to linking up with Jesus. The 20 year old attacker must be a dream to play with for creative players like these.

Gabriel Jesus will play a lot of games for Manchester City. He will give City fans hope this season that they have a seriously special player who will flourish the more he plays. They should feel excited! He has the potential to be a superstar in world football and with the coach and the style of football he demands – the future looks bright for the Citizens’ Gabriel Jesus will be a star this season and for a long time to come. English football is in for a treat watching him.

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