Gabriel Jesus promises to evolve into a ‘real striker’ and succeed Sergio Aguero as Man City’s main goal as the Brazilian hails the ‘best player in the club’s history’ … but will get his chance at Erling Haaland on their summer wish list?
Gabriel Jesus wants to rival Manchester City’s ‘best player ever’, Sergio Aguero, and become a ‘real striker’ when the Argentinian leaves the club in the summer.
Agüero, 32, the club’s all-time record scorer with 257 goals in 384 appearances, will leave the Etihad Stadium after a hugely successful decade in which his contract expires.
Although City plans to sign a top-tier striker, with Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Haaland at the top of their goals list, Brazilian Jesus is hoping to move them forward.
Gabriel Jesus (left) hopes to succeed Sergio Aguero (right) as Manchester City’s main striker when the Argentine club legend leaves Etihad Stadium in the summer.
The Brazilian attacker wants to score more goals by playing in Aguero’s striker
City is aiming for Borussia Dortmund attacker Erling Haaland to replace Agüero
The 23-year-old has not really continued the lightning-fast start he made after his arrival at City in 2017, but nevertheless scored 80 goals in 193 games for the club.
And Jesus believes that Aguero’s exit will advance his evolution into a more in-and-out center in the years to come.
He described Agüero as “the best player in the history of the club,” he said Sky Sports: ‘I can learn a little [from him] but he’s more of a real attacker than me, he scored more than me.
‘He goes on the field and scores, he’s more attacker than I am. 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, I score two and he scores three. I think I will learn a lot in the coming years to become a real striker who scores a lot.
Agüero, who has scored a club record of 257 goals for City, will leave when his contract expires
It hasn’t always been smooth progress for Jesus since arriving at the club in 2017
‘I have to go into the box more, sometimes I don’t go into the box, that’s why I don’t score much because when you see the best forwards at the moment, they normally all go to the box. they 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 score, but I have to remember that when I arrive, I score.’
The Brazilian, who turns 24 on Saturday, scored 23 goals last season and has scored 12 so far during the current season.
Jesus has scored 12 goals so far this season and hopes to replicate his 23 from the last campaign
Jesus added: “It’s hard because I have to score more than 10, 15 goals, and there are still 15/16 games left, but if we win the titles, I don’t care what goals are.
“I think it’s important to celebrate the titles with my teammates at the end of the season.”
City return to Premier League action on Saturday night with a trip to Leicester City, where they continue to approach their third title in four seasons.