My word, Gabriel Jesus seems like a proper decent chap!
I’ve seen him tell the media:
‘I’m not here to be a superstar’
… and then:
‘I’m looking forward to playing with a striker with his qualities’ (Eddie)
I don’t know about you but I’m still absorbing his performance from yesterday.
It’s still quite amazing that there has been quite a few people that have doubted whether adding a proper striker to our system would change our system.
Well, you saw in one game what quality adds to the way we play.
Lacazette was too slow to link play and attack the box.
Auba was too old to change his game.
Eddie showed the way with limited games.
Gabi Jesus has shown where the next level is.
He attacks the front post, he links play, he runs at players, he has a beautiful weight of pass, and he has an incredible work ethic.
We’re not just adding raw football to our forward line, we’re adding a really clever player that has been schooled at the University of Pep G.
There’s still work to do on the squad.
Keiran Tierney needs proper cover. Martinez would be great but we have to be prepared for him choosing Manchester United.
We haven’t addressed our midfield challenges. Mo Elneny is a very good player but we need more quality in midfield. Tielemans, Savic, whoever… we need more experience and players with different tools. I love Sambi Lokonga, but I’m just not sure you can put a season on his shoulders if Thomas Partey gets another long-term injury.
Then we need to look for goals in that frontline. There will be a natural uplift. Jesus will inspire people to take more chances. Experience should add calmness in front of goal. But we need a rocketeer adding to the tally. We need 70+ goals. If it’s not Raphinha, who is it?
The good news is that we’re out the woods regards to a starting 11, bar Thomas Partey who wasn’t in Germany. We have enough depth for the opening month. Going to Palace with two fullbacks and a striker will be good for us. I’d still like to see a full squad by game day one. Last year was so damn messy.
I’m also fascinated to see which young players stay and which go. Charlie Patino looked much more in control of his body when he played yesterday. He’s bulked up, he wasn’t shoved around, and he looked more assured and ambitious with his passing. Does he need a loan? Possibly.
I wonder who is staying on for Europa and who is going out on loan?
Right, short post today. See you in the comments.