BBC pundit: Gabriel Jesus is the best young player in football since Lionel Messi

Gabriel Jesus continues to impress everyone, whether he is performing in the sky blue of Manchester City or the colours of his beloved Seleção.

Since his £27million move from Palmeiras, Jesus has adapted seamlessly to English football, despite a long-term injury that shelved him for two months following his arrival in January of this year.

In 17 appearances for Man City – 15 of them starts – Jesus has scored 13 goals and provided 5 assists, an average of 1.06 goal contributions per game.

And according to BBC Match of the Day pundit Danny Murphy, the 20-year-old is the best young player to have arrived on the scene in a long time. Since a certain Lionel Messi in fact.

“He’s appropriately named, he’s a wonderful young talent,” Murphy said on the 14 October edition of the show after City’s thrashing of Stoke aired.

“Gabriel Jesus is the best young player I’ve seen since Lionel Messi.”

Jesus scored twice today and continued to show his knack of being in the right place at the right time, while also being a selfless team player. His all-round game continues to develop and he’ll only get better, but even at such a young age he is performing at a very high level.

Is he the best youngster to emerge since Messi? Many would disagree with the likes of Neymar and Kylian Mbappé having burst on to the scene since, but the numbers don’t lie – Gabriel Jesus is delivering at a young age for club and country.

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