Manchester City celebrated Pep Guardiola’s 700th game in management with a 2-0 win against Fulham on Saturday afternoon but they could, and should, have scored more.
Gabriel Jesus was once again one of the main culprits in the Citizens side, with the Brazilian having managed just three goals in eight appearances so far this season.
Although the former Palmeiras man has averaged an impressive 7.42 rating across his five appearances in the top-flight so far this campaign, he must work on becoming more clinical if he wants to keep his place in Guardiola’s side in the long-term.
Of course, there is a lot of pressure on the 23-year-old’s shoulders, with many touting him to the man to replace Sergio Aguero in City’s side, with the Argentinian, who has 255 City goals to his name, looking likely to depart the club at the end of this season when his contract expires.
However, with Jesus having contributed 71 goals in 161 appearances thus far, it can definitely be argued that he needs to improve his goalscoring ability if he ever wants to reach the levels achieved by Aguero with the Citizens.
City’s game against Fulham on Saturday perhaps summed Jesus up, as, despite City’s domination against Scott Parker’s side, the striker, who earns £90k per week at City, failed to register a single shot during the game.
Perhaps it is a simple matter of the Brazilian learning to become more selfish, as in his City career he has tallied up 31 assists, which leaves you wondering how many of those he could have scored himself.
Back in 2019, Guardiola was full of praise for the striker after he grabbed a Champions League hat-trick against Dinamo Zagreb, saying:
“We are incredibly delighted with Gabby,” Guardiola added. “A striker needs goals and he scored three. Hopefully, it can help his mood to be incredibly positive.
“Gabriel is an incredible fighter, how he helps us to defend and does absolutely everything, but a striker needs goals and that is important for him, for the team, for everything.” (per 90 min)
That was the Brazilian’s third hat-trick in a City shirt, with the other two coming against Shakhtar Donetsk and Burton Albion, who are not exactly the strongest of opposition. Therefore, it can definitely be argued that Jesus needs to work on being more clinical, especially in the Premier League.
Until he improves his goalscoring ability, Guardiola should consider dropping him from his first-team as although it didn’t have too much impact on the overall result against Fulham, City’s 2-0 defeat against Tottenham Hotspur recently demonstrates what can happen if you don’t take your chances.