£20m-plus ace agrees transfer, could make debut in Tottenham clash against Man City
By Amir Mir
Gabriel Jesus has completed his transfer from Palmeiras to Manchester City and is eligible to make his debut against Tottenham on Saturday.
City confirmed on their official website that the 19-year-old attacker joins the Premier League outfit fresh from helping his former side win the Brazilian league.
The 19-year-old scored 21 goals in 45 games in all competitions in Brazil and he has netted five goals in six games for the national team.
— Manchester City (@ManCity) January 19, 2017
Sky Sports claimed in August that the youngster has signed for City in a deal worth £27million as he looks to make an impact on English football.
But he did not immediately link up with the Premier League outfit and has spent the first half of the English season in Brazil.
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Mauricio Pochettino’s side travel to the Etihad Stadium looking to widen the gap on their fifth-placed opponents and close the seven-point gap on leaders Chelsea.
The north London club will have striker Harry Kane to choose from their attacking ranks after the England international hit a hat-trick last time out.
During their reverse fixture at White Hart Lane, Pochettino masterminded a 2-0 win against Pep Guardiola’s side who will be seeking revenge in this encounter.
City were thrashed 4-0 at Goodison Park last Sunday, meaning they have conceded six in their last three Premier League matches – Spurs have conceded 14 during the whole campaign.
Football Insider verdict:
The young Brazillian could prove to be the difference against Tottenham if Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola decides to select him for the fixture. The battle at the Etihad Stadium will be a tactical one between two high-quality coaches. However, Guardiola can now unleash the highly-rated youngster against a Spurs defensive line that has conceded just 14 goals in the Premier League this season. It will be a tight affair in Manchester and that extra pace and skill may be needed to win the game. Over the course of the season, it is yet to be seen what Jesus can bring to the City side and what effect he can have on the title race.
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