Russia 2018 was supposed to give Manchester City star Gabriel Jesus the chance to show his quality on the global stage.
However, the 21-year-old has been rather lacklustre in front of goal given that he is yet to find the back of the net despite starting all four of his nation’s World Cup fixtures so far.
The most recent of which was on Monday in a last-16 clash against Mexico, and it was relatively comfortable for the five-time champions.
Brazil earned a 2-0 victory, with Neymar opening the scoring and Roberto Firmino, who has been shunned in favour of Jesus, grabbing the second as a substitute.
It is not as if Jesus did not have any opportunities, as he managed to create three shots on goal, but Neymar and Philippe Coutinho outshone him with seven and five attempts respectively.
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Out of all the outfield players that started the match, the City star had the lowest percentage of passing accuracy across the 90 minutes, but he did show strength in the air by winning the joint-most aerial challenges alongside Casemiro.
Some City fans may be slightly concerned by Jesus’s lack of impact, but the energetic and dynamic forward works better within a team rather than in a setup full of stars.
That may sound like a bizarre comment given City’s star-studded lineup, but manager Pep Guardiola works to a philosophy that gets every player on the pitch involved, while Brazil beat to a different drum.