Man City ace Jesus lacks consistency amid £40m transfer update - Whelan

By Noel Whelan

3rd May, 2022 | 12:00pm

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Noel Whelan has insisted Gabriel Jesus has not been consistent enough in front of goal to remain at Man City past the summer transfer window.

The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claimed the 25-year-old needs to be more prolific.

As reported by the Mirror (30 April), City are considering selling Jesus this summer and have set a £40million asking price.

His contract expires next summer, meaning they risk losing him on a free should he stay for next season.

Despite his recent run of six goals in three games, Whelan insisted Jesus lacks the consistency Guardiola wants from a striker.

Whelan told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “What you are seeing is that player that if you get him in the 18-yard box more often, this is what he can do. I think he spends a lot of time outside the 18-year box.

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“You see now how potent and prolific he can be. Six goals now in his last three games is pretty staggering. He’s a player that is admired by a lot of people but his goal tally should be better with the talent that he’s got.

“Over the last couple of games we’ve seen that brilliance in Jesus and how dangerous he can be.

“It’s that inconsistency at times. The fact that he can go eight games without scoring and then he comes up with five goals in two.

“He doesn’t always play through the middle. Sometimes he plays on the right, on the left, that number 10 role as well. He works tirelessly for the side, there’s no doubt about his work ethic, it’s tremendous.

“But it sometimes goes unseen the number of times he doesn’t score goals. That is because there are so many goals from different areas.

“That’s the issue. When you see what he was brought in for, it was to score goals. His goal ratio should be a lot better at a team like Man City.”

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