Comparing Gabriel Jesus With Other Wonder Kids Across Europe
Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City are on a roll this season as they have managed to stay unbeaten in all competitions. The likes of David Silva, Sergio Aguero and Kevin de Bruyne have all been in scintillating form but one player who is taking his game to new heights is Brazilian sensation, Gabriel Jesus.
After an impeccable start to his Manchester City career late last season which was cut short by an injury, Jesus has been used alongside Aguero this season, as a striker, and he has, more often than not, repaid Guardiola’s faith, picking up 4 goals in 5 games in the league.
He is already in line for a new contract at the Etihad this year and at just 20, he is one of the most exciting youngsters around in Europe. The likes of Kylian Mbappe, Ousmane Dembele and even Marcus Rashford are all in a similar bracket but Jesus seems to be running away from them, showing great consistency in front of goal.
So how do his stats compare with the other wonderkids in Europe?
None of the three other names mentioned above have hit the ground running in the new season but have equal potential at the highest stage. While Mbappe and Rashford have opened their scoring in their respective domestic league, Dembele only has an assist to his name at Barcelona to show for this season, as he suffered an unfortunate long-term injury before he could start firing.
The Manchester City man has 1.4 dribbles and 0.2 key passes per game to his name and wins at least one foul every game. In comparison, Rashford has 2 dribbles and 1 key pass per game, while Mbappe has 2.5 key passes and 2 dribbles completed per game.
Jesus is a player with a unique skill set that makes it harder for the opposition to keep him quiet. The likes of Mbappe and Rashford need to continue their performances from the previous season to establish themselves among the best yet again but the Brazilian star is already on his bike, travelling down the right road.
It is still too early in the season for him to be tagged as the best youngster in Europe but if stats in front of goal are to be believed, he has surpassed all the other youngsters already. He is an effective finisher and is doing it consistently in the toughest league in Europe. So surely, Jesus is one of the best youngsters on show in the world of football, if not the best.