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Many English Premier League clubs are currently extremely active in the transfer market, with one of those being Manchester City.
Over the course of the last week the club have signed three talented attacking players to significantly strengthen their attacking options ahead of the new season.
Trio of talented new recruits
In addition to recruiting the German internationalist winger Leroy Sane from Schalke for £37m, City have also brought in the South American striking duo of Gabriel Jesus and Marlos Moreno, from Palmeiras and Atletico Nacional respectively.
After making his debut for Schalke in April of 2014, Sane’s development into one of the most exciting young wingers in Europe rapidly accelerated, so much so that he earned his first call-up to Germany’s senior international squad towards the end of last year, at the age of just 19.
Now 20-years-old Sane, who scored eight goals in 33 Bundesliga appearances for Schalke last season, is still developing, whilst there is no doubt that he already has all of the raw attributes required to enjoy a successful first season in English football.
Blessed with creative flair, great technical ability and searing pace, whilst being extremely comfortable in possession and hard-working, Sane possesses all of the qualities required to quickly establish himself as a key member of Pep Guardiola’s talented squad.
So too do Guardiola’s other two recent attacking signings, particularly Gabriel Jesus, who City signed on a five-year contract from Palmeiras for £27m. Nevertheless Jesus has returned to the Brazilian club on loan until January.
The 19-year-old Brazilian winger, who scored 26 goals in 67 appearances for Palmeiras and was named as the best newcomer to the Brazilian top flight last season, is currently playing for his country at the Rio Olympics.
One of Jesus’ best quality’s is his attacking versatility as he is capable of operating in any position along the frontline, whilst playing with composure, elegance and skill, has resulted in him being compared to his superstar Brazilian compatriot Neymar. As such, just as Jesus’ elder statesman is doing at Barcelona, he has the potential to forge an extremely successful career for himself in European football with Manchester City.
Another player who is aiming to achieve that is Guardiola’s most recent signing Marlos Moreno. Despite being just 19-years-old, Moreno has already earned seven senior international caps for his country Columbia, whilst also having scored for Los Cafeteros against Costa Rica in the recent Copa America.
After signing Moreno from the Columbian club Atletico National – with whom the player won a Catergoria Primera A title, as well as the Superliga Columbia and the much coveted Copa Libertadores – Guardiola made the decision to loan the player to Deportivo La Coruna.
Subsequently Moreno, whose is naturally a striker but can also play well as a winger, is set to stay with the La Liga side for the entire 2016-2017. As such, City supporters will require to wait a considerably period of time to see either Moreno or Jesus make their debuts for the club.
City’s bright future prospects
Nevertheless the South American duo are undoubtedly bright prospects for the future.
So too is Sane but the highly talented German winger is likely to almost immediately begin playing an important role for City, who will play their first game of the new season against Sunderland on 13 August.
As such in signing a trio of superb young attackers, Guardiola now has a wealth of talented attacking options available to him, with players such as Sergio Aguero, Kevin De Bruyne and David Silva already at the club prior to the Spanish manager’s arrival last month.
Brazil are aiming to win their first ever Olympic gold medal in football this summer. With Neymar as their captain and leader among a bunch of young and talented ballers, the Selecao are the red-hot favourites to bring home the trophy.
For many Brazilians, the men’s football tournament will be the most important part of the Games. Moreover, after years of disappointment, Brazil need something special to bring the fans back onside.
And with Gabriel Barbosa and Gabriel Jesus, they already feature two top guns in attack who can follow in Neymar’s Brazilian footsteps.
Barbosa joined Brazilian giants Santos at the tender age of eight. Now, eleven years later, the young forward is the biggest star of the club that saw the likes of Pele, Neymar and Robinho become legends. He scored more than 600 goals for the club’s youth teams, making his nickname easy to pick – Gabigol. The lefty made his debut for Santos’ senior team at the age of 16, during Neymar’s last game before leaving for Barcelona.
Some say Gabigol is the next Neymar. He’s got the speed to match the one of Brazil’s biggest star, just like he’s got a knack for scoring goals in combination with the vision to set up his team-mates. Barbosa is able to play on both wings, as a secondary striker or as a team’s target striker. Still, there’s more Luis Suarez than Neymar to the 19-year-old’s game. He’s small but build like a rock, shields the ball extremely well, has great timing in the box and really doesn’t play with that much flair. Suarezesque. And Gabigol has scored more first division league goals than any Under-20 player in the world.
In addition, he’s already a true pro, training with his personal coach on vacation. No wonder Barbosa is close to joining Juventus, while Barcelona have retained a right of first refusal and Inter are thinking about a move. The plan is to rock the football world at the Olympics before making the big leap forward to Europe. It won’t be easy for a 19-year-old but Gabigol has shown he’s ready to take on any challenge.
Jesus signed his first youth contract at Palmeiras in 2012 and made his senior debut in March 2015 after scoring 91 goals in 60 games for the club’s youth teams up until that point. Consequently, Jesus signed his first professional contract at the former club of Zinho and Rivaldo before turning himself into a fixed starter for coach Marcelo Oliviera.
While Gabigol is a more natural goal scorer, Jesus is a dribbler, a show man of the highest level, and therefore much more the new Neymar than his peer at Santos. Jesus has a tender build and keeps his gravity point low to the ground on the ball, a crucial skill for every dribbler to be successful. Just think about Lionel Messi and Eden Hazard. In addition, he uses his speed and creativity very well and has already mocked the best defenders in the Brazilian top flight.
The 19-year-old is close to joining Manchester City, who are ready to put €32 million on the table for a player that was convinced to move to the Etihad after a call from Pep Guardiola. Jesus looks to be a perfect player for the Spanish manager, but he’s isn’t shy of doing the dirty work. “I don’t care about reputation. I just want to play and help my team win,” he said in an interview with FIFA.