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Blue Takes: What role will Gabriel Jesus play for Manchester City?

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He can’t start over Aguero... right???

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Gabriel Jesus made his Sky Blue debut last weekend against Tottenham Hotspur, and he impressed many Manchester City fans because of his skills and ability in the attack. He's only a teenager, but don’t let his age fool you.

Jesus already won the award for best Brazilian Player in 2016 at 19 years old, and he led Palmeiras to their first Brazilian league title in 22 years. He also started for Brazil’s gold medal squad at the 2016 Olympics. He's also the starting number 9 for the national team, a shirt used by some guy named Ronaldo once.

However, Jesus faces more competition than ever in Manchester, since he has to face tougher teams and much better teammates to compete for a starting spot. It is tough to see Jesus play over Sergio Agüero, for instance.

Since Kun and Gabriel are both pure strikers, naturally they will compete for the starting spot up top, and Jesus already put in a valiant effort to prove his talent to Pep Guardiola during the final minutes against Spurs. He gave City massive scoring chances and had the game-winner disallowed for offside with his first three touches.

Unless Jesus beats out Agüero to start as the lone City striker (miraculously), there are two ways for the Brazilian to feature regularly in the Citizens starting eleven. He could either conform to a role as an attacking midfielder, which may work because of his high defensive work rate, or Guardiola might decide to play a formation with two strikers up top. Although City usually play a 4-2-3-1 or 4-1-4-1, Pep saw success earlier this season with a 4-4-2 formation and a midfield diamond, with Agüero and Raheem Sterling playing up top.

Regardless of whether or not he becomes a starter in the near future , expect to see a lot of Gabriel Jesus in a City shirt. Fans and Pep himself don’t want to see a player of his caliber rot on the reserve.

It's Jesus, for crying out loud.