Exciting young striker
City secured the services of one South America’s most precocious young talents when Gabriel Jesus signed in the summer of 2016.
The teenage striker would not arrive until the following January but enjoyed a stellar 2016 that included Olympic success and domestic glory with Palmeiras.
That’s continued in Manchester, where he has scored 45 times in 100 appearances and lifted every trophy England has to offer, including back to back Premier League and Carabao Cups.
Raised in the Sao Paulo favela of Jardim Peri, Jesus’ career began in Palmeiras’ youth set-up where he caught the attention with a jaw-dropping 54 goals in 48 games in his first year.
Thirty-seven goals in 22 matches followed, before he made his first-team debut in March 2015 and was awarded Best Newcomer at the end of the season.
The teenage sensation went on to score 19 goals in 41 games with the Brazilian giants, inspiring them to league glory in 2016, their first title since 1994.
Jesus made an impressive start to his City career, scoring three goals in his first four games before a metatarsal injury ruled him out for 10 weeks.
The 22-year-old hit eight goals before Christmas in 2017/18 but suffered a knee injury that saw him miss two months of the campaign.
He returned to score five goals, including one on the final day as City passed the 100-point mark in that season’s Premier League title triumph.
He hit 21 goals in 47 games in 2018/19, including two in City’s FA Cup win over Watford and was top scorer in the Carabao Cup, though injury robbed him of a place in the final.
In 2019/20 he enjoyed his best campaign yet, bagging 23 goals in 53 games for City.