The Brazilian has said he hopes to become a more prolific goalscorer after the legendary Argentine striker leaves.
Gabriel Jesus admitted that he had to become more one “real attacker” as he aims to make up for the departure of Sergio Aguero from Manchester City. Manchester City confirmed on Monday that Sergio Aguero will leave the club at the end of the season, ending a glorious ten-year spell that saw him become the all-time top scorer for Cityzens. Gabriel Jesus, who has shared his playing time with Aguero since joining City in 2017, is set to take on more responsibility after the Argentine left.
Aguero to leave Manchester City at the end of the season
In an interview with Sky Sports, Gabriel Jesus admitted that he needed to adjust his style to help Manchester City replace a player he referred to as “the best player in club history “. “I can learn a little from him but he is more of a real striker than me, he has scored more than me“said Jesus. “He goes on the pitch and he scores. He’s more attacking than me, I can say that because I work with him every day and play with him a lot.
“When we play together I score one, he scores two, he scores two and he scores three. I think I’m going to learn a lot in the next few years to become a real striker who scores a lot. I have to go. more into the box. Sometimes I don’t go enough into the box, that’s why I don’t score a lot. Normally, if you see the best forwards right now, they all go into the box, some of them come out from the surface to create then they go into the surface“, added the Brazilian.
A short respite for Gabriel Jesus?
“Not me, I think my football is … I think outside the box, I create with my friends and I wait for the goal. Sometimes I go into the box and I score, but I have to put in my head that when I’m coming, I’m scoringManchester City striker concluded. Gabriel Jesus, who turns 24 on Saturday, has proven to be a capable understudy and partner for Aguero at City, scoring 80 goals for the club in 183 appearances since joining Palmeiras .
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Sergio Aguero has proven to be an even more prolific goalscorer, however, and Manchester City have been linked with a number of top-level substitutes for the Argentine. Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Haaland has been heavily linked with a move to the Etihad Stadium, as well as Inter Milan star Romelu Lukaku. Southampton striker Danny Ings was also mentioned as a more affordable option to bolster the Premier League leader’s attack.
Either way, Gabriel Jesus is likely to face stiff competition for the Manchester City No.9 role even after Sergio Aguero has left the club. The Brazilian will have the advantage of knowing the club and the team much better than his direct competitor, but he will not be able to rest on his laurels, in a club as ambitious as Manchester City, no doubt a new renowned striker will be arriving in the coming weeks.