Manchester City’s Gabriel Jesus has described the attributes in his game that make him well-suited to playing on the wing for Pep Guardiola’s side. This season has seen Jesus on occasion moved onto the right rather than his usual position as a central striker, and so far it appears to be paying off. Jesus was named Manchester City’s Player of the Month for September having scored three goals, including the winner against Chelsea, as well as contributing four assists in just nine appearances so far this season. And the Brazil international says he has plenty of experience in the position and has the movement, passing range and defensive awareness to be a success there.
Gabriel Jesus said: “I feel comfortable out wide and can help my teammates and my team. I can make runs in behind, control the ball, make passes, make crosses, help in defending. As I say, I feel comfortable there. I didn’t start to play as a winger just this season. I have played with the national team there for two years. I started to play in the first team of Palmeiras as a winger as well and I played sometimes when I arrived here as a winger as well. So I think I’m okay there. I can make runs in behind, control the ball, make passes, make crosses, help defend so it’s all good and suits my game.”
Jesus recently revealed the simple key to his great start to the season on the right wing – playing crosses in early. Looking at videos of his three Premier League assists,
Gabriel Jesus said: “As a striker I like when the wingers put the ball across the box so when I play there I cross the ball all the time.”
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