Summer signing Gabriel Jesus has now arrived at Manchester City and has taken part in two City training sessions and next up will train with the 1st team squad. Whilst he may not get straight into the team, the extremely highly rated Brazilian forward is viewed as Kuns long term replacement by some and a immediate threat by others. Lets take a look at his possible fantasy impact.
Jesus was signed from Palmeiras in a £27m plus add on's deal in August 2016. Part of the agreement was to delay the move to City until January. The 19 year old played 47 times scoring 16 at club level while for Brazil has 5 goals in 6 games at international level. The club goal scoring stats may not blow your mind at first glance but his performances have really impressed. Pele often hypes and has called Jesus a better player than Neymar! quite the statement I think you will agree, while a further Brazilian legend Romario has offered high praise with a little more realism.
"For what he has done in a Palmeiras shirt and in a Brazil shirt, I can say that he is going to be our next great No 9," he said. "He's a boy, he's only starting out, but he's already getting there and he's a hard-working kid. For the next World Cup, if all goes well, we will be very happy with our attack."
In 2016 Jesus won the Brasileirao's Golden Ball award scoring 12 goals and provided 5 assists over the course of 27 appearances. It's his performances for Brazil though that have really caught the eye. The side were under huge pressure when he was introduced and he played extremely well apart from the goals and has already become an hero in his home land.
Jesus has much of what makes a great Brazilian attacker flair, tricks, pace and for his age, an ice cold finisher as seen here (from about 30 seconds in)
He is also a player much more effective at pressing the opposition, something Kun isn't really suited. to. With this being such a part of Pep's tactical plan and with him never shy to drop or rotate, Jesus could see action within the next couple game weeks.
Guardiola has warned fans the teenager may need a couple of weeks of ‘pre-season’ after a month off. Next weekends trip to Everton may be a little to harsh a fixture to start him but again knowing Pep should Jesus look the part in training it would not surprise me to see him involved.
With Fantrax we can swap player in and out with concern but its FPL where the thoughts are difficult. I left myself two free transfers with a view to bringing in Kun for week 21. I still think he starts at Everton and Kun is a potential hat trick hero in any game. However, the arrival of Jesus, Peps preferred playing style and willingness to drop anyone that cannot adjust to that style, plus Kuns purchase price have all made me question my move.
My FPL squad needs a spark to move back up the Beat The Bloggers table but the Kun route may not be the quick fix I had first thought. He still may come in, he very likely will but he certainly he inst the immediate auto transfer he can be.
What do you think? Have you already bought Kun in and if so does the arrival of Jesus concern you? If you haven't picked up Kun yet with him facing a tricky trip to Everton will you be taking a wait and see approach or is Kun still the golden goose?