Gabriel Jesus’ lack of playing time at Man City
Gabriel Jesus has now spent two-and-a-half seasons with Manchester City.
Jesus made 42 appearances across all competitions in his first full season for the Citizens, scoring 17 and assisting five.
The Brazilian has also racked up 46 appearances this campaign, scoring 19 and assisting five.
However, a lot of these games have come as a substitute. For example, in the 29 league games that Jesus has featured in this season, he has only started seven of them.
This past April, the forward admitted that his lack of playing time was a bit frustrating, even if it was in a good way:
“I always want to play. Of course it frustrates me but in a good way, it makes me want to train and work hard… I have always made it very clear that I always want to be with the team.” As quoted by Goal.
Rivaldo tells Jesus to move on
Since making those comments, Jesus’ game-time hasn’t really gone up.
He did not feature in Man City’s title-deciding game vs Brighton, in which they won 4-1.
In the previous game vs Leicester City, meanwhile, Jesus managed just three minutes.
This has led Brazilian legend Rivaldo, in an exclusive interview with Betfair, to urge Jesus to leave City in order to become a more regular starter:
“Gabriel Jesus wasn’t as influential this season as he was in the last one and I think he has two valid options for next season.
“As a young prospect he could continue and keep evolving with Guardiola, hoping that more chances come, or he could leave for another club of similar stature to try to become a regular starting 11 player.
“I see the second option as the best solution. He already gained experience and maturity at City and looks prepared for a new challenge in a team where he could be more important for the team.” As quoted by Goal.
Jesus training ahead of FA Cup final
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