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‘He’s run away’ – Tim Vickery says ‘low point’ of Man City man led to lack of confidence

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Gabriel Jesus could be on his way out Manchester City after struggling to holding down a regular starting place under Pep Guardiola. After Sergio Aguero was released last summer, Jesus may have expected to led the line this season, but he’s instead been operating in a wider role while being constantly rotated.

Jesus scored a respectable 13 goals with 12 assists from 41 games in all competitions, but he started just 21 Premier League games from a possible 38. He started three Champions League matches from a possible 12 too, so the 25-year-old spent most of the campaign on the bench.

His impressive goal record in spite of that doesn’t appear to have convinced Guardiola to play him at centre-forward, however, with Julian Alvarez being signed from River Plate and Erling Haaland being signed from Borussia Dortmund, so a move could be on the cards.

Tim Vickery explained how Jesus changed from being a centre-forward to a wide-man after struggling at the 2018 World Cup. He said on talkSPORT: “The low point of his career. He appeared to be the solution at centre-forward for Brazil (having) been very good at qualification. But he had a mare (during the tournament) and didn’t score a goal.

“After the World Cup, the Brazil manager asked where he wants to play. And Jesus sheepishly said ‘I’d rather go wide’. This is important for whoever is going to buy him. He’s run away from being a centre-forward. Does he lack a penalty area presence? He does seem to prefer cutting in from wide, so where is he going to fit in? This must be clear if you’re going to spend money on him.”

Arsenal need a centre-forward after releasing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette in consecutive transfer windows, but Vickery questions whether Jesus can be that striker for them.

In other news, transfer expert says Raheem Sterling could join Chelsea if ‘spot opens up’

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