Gabriel Jesus tied a long-standing Premier League record during Manchester City’s 2-0 win at Brighton & Hove Albion on Saturday.
The Brazilian arrived at the Etihad in January and made an immediate impact by scoring seven goals and recording four assists in his first 10 Premier League games either side of a lengthy layoff with injury.
City’s attack that also boasts the likes of Sergio Aguero, David Silva, Kevin De Bruyne and Leroy Sane is the main reason why Pep Guardiola’s side are the favourites to win the Premier League this season.
Jesus played the full 90 minutes at the Amex Stadium on Saturday evening and City’s win means that the Brazilian has now won eight of his 11 Premier League appearances, drawing the other three.
The significance of this? Well, in the history of the Premier League, former-Manchester United midfielder Simon Davies holds the record for the most appearances without suffering a single defeat in their entire English top flight career.
Of course, Davies didn’t play very often at all. Coming through the United youth system and part of the Class of ’92 that won the 1992 FA Youth Cup in a team that included the likes of David Beckham, Gary Neville and Nicky Butt – Davies made only 11 Premier League appearances before leaving for Luton Town in 1997.
Those 11 appearances, of which only four were in the starting line-up resulted in seven wins and four draws.
For our younger audience who may not be so familiar with Manchester United’s Simon Davies. After leaving the club for Luton Town, he later played for Macclesfield Town, Rochdale, Bangor City, Total Network Solutions, Rhyl, Chester City and Airbus UK. Now you recall who he is, right?
He also scored in United’s 4-0 thrashing of Galatasaray in their 1994-95 Champions League campaign.
The good news for Davies is that Gabriel Jesus has another 37 games this season to suffer defeat and perhaps a few more years in the Premier League – so the Brazilian may well hand the record back to the former-Wales international (one cap).