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Howey: Gabriel Jesus devastating as a winger at Manchester City

Former Manchester City player Steve Howey has exclusively told Football FanCast that Gabriel Jesus has been devastating as a winger.

Following the Tottenham Hotspur match on the opening day of the Premier League campaign, Gabriel Jesus has moved to play as a right winger in the games against Norwich City and Arsenal.

Normally a centre-forward, Jesus has found some real form out wide as he has one goal and three assists to his name in the two games having featured there for Pep Guardiola’s team, with former Cityzen Howey described him as ‘devastating’.

He told FFC: “Yeah, I mean he was devastating really with the runs he was making in behind, I mean he terrorised the lad. He’s played there and even sometimes when he’s upfront, he drops right back, I mean, I can remember I think last season he gave away a penalty – this was in general play, so that’s how deep he sometimes drops. 

“We know what Pep’s like, he’ll switch around Mahrez and Sterling and Gundogan, and then Foden and then obviously Jesus but they don’t really play with a main striker. Sterling might go up there but then he will drop, he’ll go left, he’ll go right and so will Mahrez, they’ll just interchange.”

Pep Guardiola has played Ferran Torres as the centre-forward for the Cityzens in their opening four matches of the season (three Premier League and the Community Shield) and he has got two goals and one assist so far this season.

City looked to bring a central striker into the football club this summer with Harry Kane and Cristiano Ronaldo linked with moves to the Etihad Stadium, but after back- to-back 5-0 wins and both Jesus and Torres hitting form in new positions, has Pep Guardiola found the perfect formula for City to defend their Premier League crown?