Gabriel Jesus has trained for the first time as a Manchester City player.
The ex-Palmeiras star only arrived in Manchester on Tuesday yet has already featured in a training session with his new team-mates. Sammy Lee, a reporter for Goal, stated that he had participated in training earlier today and that the “interviews” and other official “unveilings” were to be done at a later date.
Whether this suggests that the club are in a rush to get him match-fit for Friday’s trip to West Ham remains to be seen. The 19 year-old Brazilian has just come off a grueling but ultimately successful 2016 where he scored twelve goals to help his boyhood club Palmeiras win the Brazilian league title for the first time in 20 years.
Pep Guardiola suggested that he would be given time to rest but having had already a month off without competitive football perhaps Guardiola will be inclined to rush him straight into his team. Manchester City’s title challenge has suffered a blip of late and three defeats in December means Guardiola will be desperate for a fresh injection of talent that could come in the form of Gabriel Jesus.