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Spurs left to rue Gabriel Jesus failure

Tottenham Hotspur supporters are already beginning to fall in love with summer signing Richarlison, with the £60m addition notably capping a fine start to life in north London with a brace on his Champions League debut in midweek.

The 25-year-old could well have been joined by another Brazilian at the Lilywhites in the form of Gabriel Jesus, with the latter man having seemingly been a target for Antonio Conte and co prior to his £45m switch to rivals, Arsenal.

Reports earlier this summer had suggested that Spurs were looking to secure the former Manchester City man ahead of Mikel Arteta’s side, albeit with the player ultimately opting to join the Emirates amid concerns over his potential lack of playing time at N17.

CBS journalist Ben Jacobs had suggested that despite Tottenham being able to offer Champions League football – unlike the Gunners – the 25-year-old was wary of having to play second fiddle to Harry Kane, having already been reduced to a squad role at the Etihad.

The 56-cap gem could well have featured alongside the Englishman in attack, however, having showcased his versatility to play through the middle and in a wide berth in recent years under Pep Guardiola.

It would seem then that Spurs have missed a trick by not doing more to try and tempt the £45m-rated ace into joining the club, with that fact having only been rubberstamped by his sparkling early season form for Arteta’s men.

Having previously netted 95 goals and provided 46 assists in 236 games for City, the £265k-per-week menace has since gone on to record six goal contributions in as many games in the league for his new club.

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The one-time Palmeiras man has proven himself a real handful leading the line in his new surroundings, most recently running Raphael Varane and Lisandro Martinez ragged in the eventual defeat to Manchester United last weekend.

Offering both quality on the ball and a real hard-working nature off it – having been praised for the way he “defends and fights” by Guardiola in the past – Jesus would seemingly have been an ideal Conte addition.

His arrival could also have seen a partnership blossom between him and the aforementioned Kane, with the Spurs boss having previously favoured a 3-5-2 formation during his triumphant spell at Inter Milan.

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Lauded as a “superstar” by Guardiola, Jesus would no doubt have thrived on the England skipper’s quality service, with the latter man having been praised as “one of the best passers in world football” by pundit Jamie Carragher.

With Kane dropping deep to initiate attacks, it could well have been the current Arsenal man wreaking havoc in behind, with the Brazil international having described as a player who “creates chaos” by Arteta.

It truly is a mouthwatering thought as the damage that pair could have inflicted – particularly with Heung-min Son currently enduring a goalless start to the new season – with Tottenham likely to be left ruing their inability to get a deal done.