Gabriel Jesus has NOT fulfilled his early promise and now Man City wants Harry Kane or Erling Haaland

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Gabriel Jesus had the world at his feet as a teenage hotshot and seemed destined to become Sergio Aguero’s successor … but now he’s in danger of being squeezed out with Pep Guardiola putting him on the bench for the big games and Kane and Haaland is chasing

  • Gabriel Jesus showed signs that as a teenager he could become a future world-class striker
  • Brazilian never lived up to expectations or hopes that he could be productive
  • City signed Jesus in 2017 with a view to eventually replacing Sergio Aguero
  • Guardiola loves Jesus but doesn’t trust him because he has put him on the bench for big games
  • City could now sign either Harry Kane or Erling Haaland as their No. 1 forward

For whatever reason, Gabriel Jesus never fully fulfilled his early promise.

The Brazilian had the world at his feet when he first joined Manchester City in 2017 as a 19-year-old hotshot and was tipped to become one of the greatest strikers of this generation.

But it looks like he misguided his chance. Today the goals have dried up and he is usually left on the bench while a midfielder plays the striker role that was once intended for him.

Gabriel Jesus has failed to fulfill the early promise he showed as a teenage star in Man City

Jesus scored seven in his first 11 for City, but the goals dried up for the striker recently

Jesus scored seven in his first 11 for City, but the goals dried up for the striker recently

It’s hard to defend Jesus’ case, though, as he’s only scored 13 times out of 35 games – fewer goals than both Phil Foden and Ilkay Gundogan this season.

Pep Guardiola loves Jesus and sees his future at City but clearly feels he can’t rely on him to perform in the big games after leaving him on the bench for the Carabao Cup final and the semi-finals. the Champions League in Paris Saint-Germain.

Jesus has made a decent return in recent years and had his best-scoring season ever last season with 23 goals.

But he’s never shown the same ruthlessness for goal as in his first campaign, scoring seven in eleven, suggesting he could be Sergio Aguero’s successor if he eventually left.

Midfielders Phil Foden and Ilkay Gundogan have both scored more than Jesus this season

Midfielders Phil Foden and Ilkay Gundogan have both scored more than Jesus this season

Pep Guardiola is a great admirer of Jesus, but recently put him on the bench for their big games

Pep Guardiola is a great admirer of Jesus, but recently put him on the bench for their big games

The Brazilian, who scored here against Leicester in April, has 13 goals out of 36 this season

The Brazilian, who scored here against Leicester in April, has 13 goals out of 36 this season

JESUS ​​IN MAN CITY

Spell: 189

Goals: 81

Assists: 33

Of course he would have been taken over for that purpose, but now that day has come, City is forced to make other plans.

Agüero is leaving in the summer after 10 wonderful years, and City now has to find a suitable replacement for a man who has guaranteed 30 goals per season.

City has faced this term without his goals as the Argentinian struggled to fight injury and illness, but Guardiola is aware that Gundogan will not score 16 goals every year, while van Foden, who is only 20, cannot he is also expected to have remarkable figures next season.

An attacker is required and the search for an attacker has already begun with City identifying Erling Haaland and Harry Kane as their primary objectives for the summer. It’s a good thing they have deep pockets as both will cost over £ 100 million.

Jesus will claim he can save City that cost by filling Aguero’s shoes himself, but that’s a hard sell given that he’s never scored more than 14 goals in a Premier League season.

Jesus seemed destined to replace Sergio Aguero as the main striker, but that now seems unlikely

Jesus seemed destined to replace Sergio Aguero as the main striker, but that now seems unlikely

Erling Haaland will be chased by a number of clubs this summer, including City

Tottenham's Harry Kane is also a target for Guardiola

Erling Haaland (left) and Harry Kane (right) have emerged as summer goals for City

The 24-year-old certainly has the tools to be a top striker, but his finish all too often fails him, while even Guardiola has admitted he lacks the selfish streak of being as prolific as Agüero.

“If he had more ego, he would have scored a lot more goals,” the City boss said of Jesus in February.

It leaves the 24 year old in a sticky position. Jesus is said to have been promised to play the lead after five years as the understudy. Now he has suddenly pulled the rug out from under his feet.

The options are either go elsewhere or stay and fight for his place – the latter is the most likely scenario.

Guardiola still believes he can become a prolific striker and will likely stay this summer

Guardiola still believes he can become a prolific striker and will likely stay this summer

City fans will hope they won't wonder what could have happened to Jesus in the years to come

City fans will hope they won’t wonder what could have happened to Jesus in the years to come

Especially while Guardiola still believes he can one day become a serial scorer and is willing to stick with him.

‘I love what he is – he just needs to slow down in front of goal and know he can do it. He’s still young and will learn, ”Guardiola said recently.

‘He’s going to get better, he’s still young and when his composure comes to the goalkeeper, he’ll get it over the years. It’s like a good wine. ‘

City fans hope Guardiola is right.

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