Gabriel Jesus netted his 50th goal for Manchester City in their victory against Crystal Palace on Saturday, and Sky Sports pundit Jamie Redknapp heaped praise on the starlet’s impact for the champions.
The 22-year-old had spearheaded City’s strike force at Selhurst Park ahead of Sergio Aguero, and his selection paid dividends when he nodded Bernardo Silva’s inch-perfect cross into the far corner for the opener.
Former Liverpool star Redknapp lauded Jesus’ showing in the capital on television – and highlighted the tussle to lead the line between him and record scorer Aguero.
He said: ‘It must be very difficult for him though. We’re not talking about a player who should be playing second fiddle because he is so good. ‘But sometimes you just have to accept it. He mentioned it himself, Aguero is a legend.
A couple of years ago it looked like he would be the number one striker, but Sergio rose to the challenge because there was talk that he might have to leave.
‘I was very impressed with him. You can see he’s thoroughly enjoying his game, and he’s not the sort of guy who’s going to cause a problem. When you see his smile after scoring a goal like that, that’s what football’s all about.’
The City star even admitted that his landmark goal for the club had arrived with a hint of fortune, after his attempted header appeared to clip his shoulder before beating Wayne Hennessey.