‘Gab doesn’t need this pressure’
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.”