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Gabriel Jesus finally completes his Manchester City move - What will he offer them

Thursday 19th January 2017
This morning, Manchester City finally announced that all the paperwork to bring Gabriel Jesus into the club has been completed. The 19-year-old from Sao Paulo is immediately available for selection, and he could well be in the squad that takes on Tottenham Hotspur this weekend.
Gabriel Jesus joins Manchester City
Pep Guardiola's men made the move to bring in the tricky forward months ago now, and the deal was always scheduled to happen in January. However, due to various complications behind the scenes regarding his ownership (as several different parties had a share in the player), it was always going to take a few weeks to sort out.

Now all the hardships are over, and the young man can solely concentrate on playing football in the most competitive league in the world. The teenager had been plying his trade for Palmeiras in the Brazilian league - and made his debut for them in 2015. Since being given his opportunity, he simply hasn't looked back, and, in the end, he represented the side a hugely impressive 83 times; finding the back of the net on 23 occasions.

I personally believe it speaks volumes that he already has six full caps for his native Brazil under his belt at such a tender age. Then you divert your eyes over to his national goalscoring column and see that he has scored four goals for them – which is obviously a brilliant start for him.
In terms of his style of play, Jesus is an attacking midfielder who can play all across the three spots just in behind the main striker. He is known for his lightning pace, astute finishing and his tireless running. This combination seems absolutely perfect for a Josep Guardiola team, and when the little Brazilian has worked with his new boss for a few months, that could well spell problems for the Premier League if he lives up to the hype.

He will have plenty of competition for places, however. Raheem Sterling is playing like a man reborn this campaign, and he is definitely one of the first names on the team sheet right about now so it may be quite difficult to displace him. The huge prospect may also struggle to force his way into the team through the middle of the park. That's obviously the favoured position of both David Silva and Kevin de Bruyne, and at times one of the two has been stuck out on the right-wing.

In my opinion, that is exactly where Gabriel Jesus will get his opportunity. Pep Guardiola loves that speed and trickery in that area of the field, and I don't think it'll be long until Jesus is knocking on the door of being the first option out there. His competitors are his namesake Jesus Navas, who has been nothing short of awful for the majority of this campaign. There is also Leroy Sane, and although he has shown flashes of his capabilities, the German hasn't been anywhere near consistent enough to lock down his place in the starting XI.

Let's not forget he can also start as the lone striker. Alright, Sergio Aguero is undoubtedly one of the hottest front men in the Premier League on his day, but say the Argentinian gets injured, it just gives the manager another option which is obviously a good thing.

I personally think Gabriel Jesus is a hugely underrated signing by the blue half of Manchester, and if he can adapt to life in England quickly, he could well become a key factor in a Premier League title race that is really hotting up.
Jordan Street

Jordan Street, 25-year old sports writer. Avid Manchester United fan and season ticket holder. Lover of the Premier League. Enjoys American sports. Tom Brady's biggest admirer, Kyrie Irving for MVP.


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