Gabriel Jesus believes he knows the main change he must make to his game in order to become a “proper striker” and fill the boots of Sergio Aguero.
Man City legend Aguero confirmed on Monday that he will leave the club at the end of the season. It will bring an end to his 10-year stay at the Etihad. He has netted 257 goals in 384 appearances in that time, becoming the club’s all-time top scorer. He has also picked up an impressive 13 major trophies, including four Premier League titles.
But he will move on to pastures new in the summer, meaning City will be on the look out for a replacement.
The likes of Erling Haaland and Harry Kane have already been linked. Although, one pundit has advised Kane to turn down any potential approach from Pep Guardiola.
Jesus keen to step up
Although a new recruit is highly likely to arrive, City do already have Jesus within their ranks. And while the Brazilian accepts he is currently below Aguero’s level, he is backing himself to improve in years to come.
“He goes to the pitch and he scores. He’s more striker than me, I can say that because I work with him every day and I play a lot with him.
“When we play together I score one, he scores two, I score two, and he scores three. I think I’m going to learn a lot in these next years to become a proper striker who scores a lot.”
Jesus, 23, has 80 goals in 183 outings for City since debuting in January 2017. He wants to become more prolific though, and says he knows what he must do in order to be just that.
“I have to go more in the box,” he declared. “Sometimes I don’t go in the box, that’s why I don’t score a lot. Normally if you see the best strikers at the moment they all go to the box, some of them go outside the box to create and then go to the box.
“Not me, I think my football is… I go outside the box, I create with my friends and I wait for the goal. Sometimes I go and I score, but I have to put in my head that when I arrive, I score.”