Manchester City fans have every right to be both excited and optimistic about new signing Gabriel Jesus, who signed in a £27million deal from Palmeiras this week.
Excitement surrounding his City career will build and build, after all, it will be mid-season before fans get the chance to catch their first glimpses of the new signing. He’ll spend the remainder of the Brazilian national Championship on loan with Palmeiras before linking up with City after Christmas.
So in essence, it is a January transfer window signing, with the fee being arranged now. A little odd, but perhaps it could be the best sort of Christmas present for Manchester City fans.
And the first time they will get to see their new man in action will be at the Olympics, when he joins up with the likes of Neymar as Brazil chase gold in the footballing games. And speaking of Neymar, there are plenty of people in Jesus’ native Brazil that feel he could, in time, become as good as the Barcelona talisman. But just how accurate are these claims?
Well, Jesus was part of the Brazil Under-20 side that finished as runners-up at the 2015 World Cup in New Zealand. He scored their first goal of the tournament against Nigeria in a 4-2 victory, and converted in games against Uruguay and Portugal too.
But domestically he has impressed too, scoring 26 goals in 67 matches for Palmeiras’ senior side, having impressed academy bosses for years whilst playing in the clubs’ development squads.
It gets even more exciting for City fans when former Brazilian legend Ronaldo suggested that he can see part of himself in the youngster, back when he was trying to make it as a first team-pro. No pressure, but it seems like those who believe in Gabriel Jesus really do believe in him, and he is expected to go on and be a cracking player in the very near future.
One of the best things about Jesus going forward, particularly when arrives at City is his ability to move across the forward line. He’s played as a striker, a number nine and on both flanks for Palmeires, and this gives Guardiola a fantastically versatile option going forward, particularly when fatigue and injuries take their tole in the latter part of the season.
But it’s also important to note that Jesus will have to bide his time when he arrives in England. City have the likes of Kevin De Bruyne, Samir Nasri, Nolito, David Silva and Raheem Sterling as first-team options to play across the forward line, so it may be a matter of time before we see the Brazilian wonderkid line up for City in the Premier League.
But before then, the best thing for this young man is to knuckle down and enjoy his football back in Brazil. There will be plenty of English-based football fans who will be keeping an eye on his progress with a distinct amount of keenness as well as the entire City fan-base too.
With hard-work, practise and game-time, there is little doubt Jesus could become as good as Neymar. After all, there can’t be a better platform to achieve your goals at than Manchester City, working under Pep Guardiola- who knows a thing or too about developing great Brazilians…