After securing a 2-0 win over Burnley in their latest Premier League outing, Manchester City are back in European action on Tuesday evening with an away clash against Belgian side Club Brugge on the cards for Pep Guardiola’s side.
Their previous Champions League tie saw them lose 2-0 against Paris Saint-Germain thanks to goals from Idrissa Gana Gueye and Lionel Messi.
One player that did not feature in the game against Burnley at the weekend who we feel should be in the starting XI for City against Brugge is Gabriel Jesus.
Jesus was not involved in the game against Burnley due to his involvement with Brazil on international duty just a short period before the match against Sean Dyche’s side.
Now that he should be back and available for the team, we feel that Jesus, who has been labelled as City’s “unsung hero” by Guardiola in the past, should definitely be in the starting XI for the midweek match.
City signed Jesus back in the 2017 summer transfer window from Brazilian club Palmeiras. Since then, the 24-year-old, who is currently valued at £54m according to Transfermarkt, has made a total of 204 appearances for the Manchester club across all competitions in which he has managed to score 85 goals and provide 38 assists in the process.
So far this season, Jesus has made nine appearances for City across all competitions, scoring three goals and providing four assists, proving how much of an important attacking asset he has been for the club, even more so considering he managed to score the winning goal in City’s 1-0 victory over Chelsea, proving himself as a match-winner for the team.
His latest appearance for City in their 2-2 draw against Liverpool saw Jesus pick up an assist and ultimately earn himself a solid match rating of 7.1/10 according to SofaScore.
Looking ahead to the Brugge match, we feel that not only will Jesus give Guardiola the chance to rotate his team and give one of his attacking players that featured against Burnley a rest, but would also give the team a great chance of winning based on the attacking prowess he’s shown so far this season.