Manchester City boss, Pep Guardiola, was full of praise for Gabriel Jesus last night and insisted the Brazilian does ‘amazing’ things for the team, despite not being prolific in front of goal.
Jesus’ double strike against Wolves put his total up to six in the Premier League this term. In the absence of Sergio Aguero, the Brazil striker has often been overlooked as Guardiola has reverted to his famed ‘false 9’ system at times.
In fairness to Jesus, he has had a few injury issues himself. But after witnessing a fine performance from his number nine last night, Guardiola was under no illusions to the impact Jesus has on this City side.
“You cannot imagine how happy we are when he scores,” said the manager. “You can’t imagine how many things he does for the team that people don’t realise,” Guardiola told the Manchester Evening News.
“He got two and he helped us with pressing and intensity. Joyful guy – we know the stats and he’s not in the highlights but what he does is amazing. He scored two and that’s so good for him and the team. Of course, strikers live for the goals, but look at assists, he’s been brilliant all season.”
Still just 23, Jesus has often been lauded as the successor to Aguero, who has suffered all season with injuries. And with City said to be keen on a new forward in the summer, some have suggested Pep might have ran out of patience with his current number nine.
However, based on these comments, it seems Guardiola is perfectly happy with Jesus’ contribution for now.
TBR View: Jesus is underrated in a brilliant City side
Sure, he could score more goals and should get into more positions to do so in a brilliant side. But Jesus is still a class act and on his day, is as good as most strikers in the Premier League.
23 is no age either. He’s ample time to keep on improving and ensure that he is City’s main man in attack.