WILL JESUS IMPRESS AT ETIHAD?
Manchester City summer signing is set to join the club in January but the question is if he would impress in England.
The Brazilian was pictured at a dinner with manager Pep Guardiola and compatriots Fernandinho and Fernando when he visited the club this week.
No doubt a lot of expectations exist for a player that helped his club Palmeiras to their first championship title in 22 years. The 19-year old striker’s visit included a tour of the club’s training facilities as he is set to formally resume next month.
The Brazil international upgraded to the senior side, combining with Liverpool play maker Phillipe Coutinho and Barcelona’s Neymar. He has netted five times in six matches to prove his critics what a quality addition he would be for any side. He was a key member of the squad that won the elusive gold medal for Brazil at the summer Olympic Games Brazil hosted.
The past few months has been a great one for the youngster on many fronts. The Premier League is set to present fresh challenges to the player. Man City would be hoping they recoup their investment in the youngster after failing in their last attempt.
Backed by money from Abu Dhadi United Group, City signed talented Robinho from Real Madrid. The golden boy never really paid his employers their investment as he was never really settled. In his first season, he finished as the club’s highest goalscorer but he lost his spot in the team in the second term to Craig Bellamy as Mark Hughes preferred his style of attack.
Real Madrid and Barcelona were not able to seal a transfer for the player as Guardiola personally tok interest in the player and convinced him to agree to the move. Man City are under pressure to win the Premier League or at least finish strongly in a hugely competitive season. With competition from first choice Sergio Aguero, and Kelechi Iheanacho as striker and from Leroy Sane – another summer signing – Jesus Navas, Nolito and Raheem Sterling as winger, Jesus would need a miracle to quickly break through. With David Silva and Kevin De Bruyne leading the attack, Jesus would not lack ball upfront. His sharp goalscoring and poaching skills would be crucial in his first few months at Etihad. Only time will tell is he would impress at City.