Ahead of Manchester City’s game against Watford on Saturday, Pep Guardiola has been speaking in glowing terms about the attitude of Gabriel Jesus, describing him as ‘incredible’.
The Brazilian burst onto the scene following his move to Man City from Palmeiras in 2017, scoring seven goals in his first 10 league games, with the youngster looking like dislodging Sergio Aguero as the Citizens first-choice striker.
However, the evergreen Argentine has adapted his game to fit Pep Guardiola’s style and has re-established his place in the City attack, with Jesus often having to settle for minutes off the bench.
The 22-year-old started just eight league games for the Premier League champions last season but was offered a chance to impress in midweek, starting in City’s 3-0 win over Shakhtar Donetsk, netting the third of the evening in the 76th minute.
While he is likely to drop back to the bench for the visit of last season’s defeated FA Cup finalists Watford, Pep Guardiola has praised the young forward’s attitude despite his limited opportunities.
“He was involved and maybe involved tomorrow but it’s difficult to find in Europe a player like Gabriel and how important he is,” Guardiola said at his pre-match media briefing.
“His behaviour in training is outstanding he has to fight for his place against a legend in Aguero.
“Sergio didn’t play in the last game and he scored in all of the other games and Sergio fights for the team, that’s why I’m so delighted with the striker.
“Gabriel has to be patient. I know when he plays he does absolutely everything like he has done in Ukraine not just for the goal the way he fights and his future at this club is incredible.”