Gabriel Jesus today ended a Premier League goal drought that lasted four months, scoring twice as Manchester City overcame Everton 3-1 at the Etihad Stadium.
The Brazilian put in a lively performance with his typically excellent movement off the ball, but with that came the goals at long last.
Jesus has been misfiring and outside of a hat-trick against Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League hadn’t scored a goal for City since the Carabao Cup win over lower league Oxford United back in September – until today.
So what has changed? According to the Brazilian striker, one important thing has helped him regain his confidence: his family.
Jesus’ family have returned to England and the 21-year-old, known to be especially close to his mother, singled that out as the reason for him regaining confidence.
“My confidence is back because my family is here with me,” Jesus told the BBC after his Man of the Match performance.
“They help me a lot. It is easy for me because they are everything. I need my family in this moment.”
Pep Guardiola also commented on his family’s return and how that has helped the Seleção striker regain some belief in himself.
Guardiola said: “He settled so well from the beginning – but it is much better his family is here and strikers need to score goals.
“He scored two nice goals that will be important for him.”