Every fan-base has a player at their club who is misunderstood.
Usually they are either under-rated or over-rated by those who only see him in action sporadically or, in certain cases, the media wilfully misconstrue as only they can. It can drive a fan-base mad, frankly because they are close enough to know the truth.
In the instance of Gabriel Jesus both of these forms of misinterpretation have come to the fore this summer, first deriving from a story originating in Spain back in April that suggested the 22-year-old striker was unhappy at the club and actively seeking a departure in the close season.
Brazil’s legendary striker Rivaldo then stoked the fire, per M.E.N, by suggesting that Jesus’ career would best be served away from the bright lights of Manchester.
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The first part of the equation had it that Jesus is unsettled in Manchester, discontent at a lack of playing time due to being second fiddle to Sergio Aguero. That that the player himself scorched the story last month by claiming a departure is “out of the question” for both him and Aguero is neither here nor there.
The transfer window is presently open therefore every rumour has some degree of currency.
Fair enough, City fans can take that with a pinch of salt. After all, we’re used now to seeing rumours do the rounds whenever one from Aguero or Jesus endures a lengthy spell on the bench. It’s an easy punch to throw but attempts to disrupt the atmosphere at City have been made in vain thus far.
Furthermore anecdotally – and sometimes too via the press – we’re aware of how settled Jesus is in the North West, in the company of his close friends and mother. We’re aware too of how highly he is valued within the club. “Gabriel is an incredible guy,” Pep Guardiola said in May on his decision to start the former Palmeiras prodigy ahead of Aguero for the FA Cup final. It has recently been revealed that Jesus will be given the number 9 jersey ahead of 2019/20.
Suddenly circumstantial evidence based purely on the forward’s back-up status at City doesn’t look so strong does it?
The second part of the equation is equally a misnomer: a fruitful Copa America is now somehow proof that Jesus is brilliant at what he does after all.
City supporters are already very conscious of this. Last season he scored seven goals and made three assists from eight league starts while his early scoring ratio soon after his arrival in January 2017 had us agape in astonishment.
His work-rate off the ball meanwhile is highly commendable with an all-round attitude to match. He is cherished at the Etihad. He is also viewed as elite.
That didn’t stop some on Twitter however – non-City supporters naturally – having their minds changed by his performances in Brazil this past month…
?| With reports last night suggesting that Gabriel Jesus wants to leave Manchester City, Our question for you is – – Would you take him at Liverpool? pic.twitter.com/JXbu6IuRSg
— The Kopite (@TheKopiteOFF) July 10, 2019
Every fan-base has a player at their club who is misunderstood. It can drive a fan-base mad.