Gabriel Jesus may not be the preferred choice striker at Manchester City but his performance in the last two matches has provided him with a much needed leverage.
The Brazilian youngster was struggling to get into the rhythm and failed to make his mark at the Etihad stadium. But in the last two matches he came back pretty strongly banging a number of goals against Rotherham United and Burton Albion in the FA Cup and the Carabao Cup respectively.
Jesus played his part in the FA Cup victory and found the net four times as City steamrolled Burton in the Carabao Cup. Pep Guardiola would be happy to have this selection headache as it would help him in the long run.
Jesus said, “Sergio is a legend here, important to the club, and plays very well – we all know that.
“I’m here to help the team, to help Sergio, Pep and everyone and work hard, make it happen.
“I just wanted to enjoy the game and score. Sergio has scored a lot of goals for City and I respect him as a legend, so when Pep puts him in the team, he helps. I am the same when I am on the pitch.
“It was very important for my mentality. I need to score goals, I know that. Sometimes it’s difficult but I always try to score and help the team. I am a striker so I have to score, but I always try to play well and help the team every time.
“This week is special to me because I have scored a lot. I maybe I tried too hard against Rotherham and missed two or three goals. I work hard every day on scoring goals, and that is why this made me so happy, as my work paid off.”