Gabriel Jesus of Manchester City said he wants to learn how to be a proper striker like the outgoing striker of the club, Sergio Aguero. The 32-year-old Argentine striker would leave the club at the end of the 2020-2021 season.
When Aguero leaves Manchester City, the attention would be on Gabriel Jesus who would be the most experienced striker at the club after the departure of the Argentina international.
Aguero who has been at Manchester City since 2011 will leave the club as the club’s all-time highest goalscorer. He has scored a whopping 257 goals and provided 73 assists in 384 games in all competitions for Manchester City, a record Jesus can only dream of at this point of his career.
Gabriel Jesus in question has been a Manchester City player since January 2017 after he secured a transfer move from a Brazilian side, Palmeiras. The player cost Manchester City €32million.
Since the arrival of the Brazil international, he has scored a couple of goals but has not been able to be as consistent as Sergio Aguero was in his prime. In his over three years at Manchester City, the 23-year-old striker has scored 80 goals and provided 33 assists in 183 games.
So far this season, Gabriel Jesus who has suffered a couple of injuries especially at the beginning of the 2020-2021 season, has scored 7 Premier League goals and provided 3 assists in 21 games. He has scored a total number of 12 goals and provided 3 assists in 30 games in all competitions for Manchester City this season.
After it was announced that Sergio Aguero would leave Manchester City this summer, Gabriel Jesus described the Argentine striker as “the best player in the history of the club”, and admitted that the veteran striker scores more than him.
“I can learn a little bit [from him] but he’s more properly striker than me, he scored more than me,” Jesus told Sky Sports.
“He goes to the pitch and he scores, he’s more striker than me, I can say that because I work with him every day and I play a lot with him.
“When we play together I score one, he scores two, I score two and he scores three. I think I’m going to learn a lot in these next years to become a proper striker who scores a lot…
“I have to go more in the box, sometimes I don’t go in the box, that’s why I don’t score a lot, because normally if you see the best strikers at the moment they all go to the box, some of them go outside the box to create and then go to the box.
“Not me, I think my football is – I go outside the box, I create with my friends and I wait for the goal. Sometimes I go and I score, but I have to put in my head that when I arrive, I score.”
Gabriel Jesus still has until June 30, 2023, before his current contract with Manchester City expires. His current market value is placed at €60 million.