Gabriel Jesus to Manchester United? Taking a Look at the Brazilian Wonderkid
Posted by Featured Articles | Published on July 25, 2016
It’s been a name that’s been in and out of the transfer headlines over the last few months. Gabriel Jesus, the young Brazilian wonderkid that has been compared to Neymar and is destined for big things. But who is he?
Gabriel Jesus was born on April 3, 1997. Born in Sao Paulo, he grew up playing street football and on July 1, 2013, he signed his first youth contract with Palmeiras. He had a sensational year with the youth team, scoring an astonishing 54 goals in 48 appearances. On March 7, 2015, Gabriel made his debut for Palmeiras off the bench. The game ended in a 1-0 loss. He went on to make 8 further appearances off the bench that season. His first ever professional goal came on July 15, 2015, when he scored a single goal in a game of two legs. The goal went on to be the only goal scored over the two matches. Now at the age of 19, Gabriel has scored an excellent 14 goals in 32 games. He mostly plays on the left wing, but he can also play as a centre-forward or a right-winger. Personally, I believe he will develop into an excellent striker in a few years. He’s got plenty of pace and he’s a bag of tricks and skills.
Gabriel has received loads of interest from loads of top European sides, including Manchester United and Manchester City. I believe he would be an incredible signing for either club, and it will be fascinating to see if he could cut it in the Premier League. With United developing plenty of young attackers at this moment, I don’t see why Gabriel should be ignored. He could bring something different not just to the club, but to the league itself. Who knows, maybe him and Rashford could be partnered up top someday? That would be interesting.
Gabriel has impressed many at Palmeiras, but the big challenge for him is whether he can succeed in the tough leagues of Europe or not. Rumour has it that United are preparing a bid of €40M for his services. Right now, I’d doubt he’d get an awful lot of game time. But, he would definitely offer competition for places and would get other players out of their comfort zone. I’m sure Mourinho would admire him too, due to his defensive workrate that has got praise from many viewers of him. Should United sign Gabriel, I don’t think I’ll be the only one expecting great things from him someday! Let’s hope Mourinho can turn him into the exhilarating player he is made out to be.