Gabriel Jesus the Youngest Best Player Since Lionel Messi – Danny Murphy


Manchester City’s thumping 7-2 win over Stoke has left former Liverpool midfielder Danny Murphy with praise for Gabriel Jesus on the BBC’s Match of the Day programme.

He waxed lyrical about Jesus’s performance and even described as the best young talent since Lionel Messi.

“He’s appropriately named, a wonderful talent,” said Murphy. “He’s flown in from Brazil having scored two goals and he’s left Aguero on the bench. He’s just sensational. He loves scoring goals and he’s continuously in the right place at the right time.

“His touch is good, his balance is good, he’s brave on the ball, he’s quick, his left foot is decent, he demands the ball off people.

“I’d go as far as saying he’s probably the best young player I’ve seen since Lionel Messi. I’m not saying he’s as good as Messi but having just turned 20 he’s sensational.

“He’s got 13 goals in 15 starts which is incredible, he’s already got six in 11 for Brazil. He’s keeping some very good players out of that national team.

“I was talking earlier in the week about the Premier League golden boot and people were saying Aguero, Lukaku or Kane and I said you have to put this lad in. Guardiola trusts him and even when Aguero has been fit he’s played with him, his tight control is good, his awareness is good.

“Decision making in a young lad is what you tend to find isn’t right but he always seems to make the right decisions. He’s fit. He’s a fantastic footballer and they’re lucky to have him. If he stays at Man City he could go on and beat every record Aguero is breaking.”

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