Manchester City pair Fernandinho and Yaya Toure have issued warnings to those getting ahead of themselves with regards to Gabriel Jesus’s talent.
The 19-year-old Brazilian has made an early impact since joining Pep Guardiola’s side from Palmeiras in January by scoring three goals and producing an assist in four games.
Jesus was the subject of a deal worth a reported £27m in the summer, but did not join up with his new team until January.
The forward’s form has been so good that Guardiola has opted to select him ahead of Sergio Aguero, who has had to settle for a spot on the bench in the club’s last two games.
It is very easy to football fans and the media to get swept up in the talent of a young starlet, but at the age of 19, Jesus has plenty more development to do.
It is also important for the player to keep his own feet on the ground and not get distracted by the hype surrounding him.
Fernandinho and Toure appear to be keen to make sure their new teammate stays focused, reports the Daily Star.
Jesus’s fellow Brazilian Fernandinho was quoted as saying:
“He has been a professional footballer for just two years, so he is starting very, very, very young. I hope he can keep that level at least until the end of the season.
“As a young player, you can sometimes drop your level. He can play amazing, but he is good because his mentality is good. It is at the same level all the time. He is stable.”
Toure gave a similar message when he said:
“We realise we have to be careful, though, and we shouldn’t get too excited because he has to be focused. What we want to do is just continue to keep going and at the end of the season we can talk about him.”