‘Gab doesn’t need this pressure’

Manchester Evening News - - THE 177TH DERBY -

DAVID Silva be­lieves the amount of pressure put on Gabriel Je­sus at City should be re­served for far more ex­pe­ri­enced play­ers.

The Brazil­ian had found goals hard to come by this sea­son be­fore fir­ing in his first City hat-trick in the Blues’ 6-0 Cham­pi­ons League romp against Shakhtar Donetsk.

The strikes ended a run of just two goals in 15 games, and Silva says he was de­lighted to see the 21-year-old break his duck. “I’m re­ally happy that he scored three goals be­cause he works re­ally hard every day,” the City mid­fielder, who was also on tar­get against the Ukraini­ans, said.

Je­sus hit the tar­get 17 times last sea­son but af­ter a dif­fi­cult World Cup with Brazil had been out of sorts in front of goal be­fore City’s rout on Wed­nes­day night. And Silva says it’s easy to for­get his ten­der age. “He’s a young boy but it feels like he’s 30 with the amount of pressure that is put on him,” Silva said. “It’s more than should be placed on such a young boy, but that’s foot­ball.”

Ser­gio Aguero’s t10 goals in 14 games this sea­son have ce­mented the Ar­gen­tine as Pep Guardiola’s first-choice striker at the club, but Silva is con­fi­dent of Je­sus’s po­ten­tial.

“The ex­pec­ta­tions on him are re­ally high and I’ve only got good words to say about him,” he added. “I think Gabriel is a re­ally promis­ing player.”

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