Julian Alvarez tipped to be the next Gabriel Jesus at Manchester City - report
Manchester City signing Julian Alvarez could become the new Gabriel Jesus and should follow the Brazilian’s footsteps, according to a report from Manchester Evening News.
Man City confirmed the signing of the Argentine in January for a fee of £14m and the wonderkid will join up with his new teammates for pre-season. [Sky Sports]
However, this new report from Manchester Evening News’s Alex Brotherton, claims that there are direct parallels to former Man City striker Gabriel Jesus.
Brotherton said: “Like Alvarez, Jesus arrived at City as one of the most highly sort after talents in South America, with the Blues opting to keep him at his previous club Palmeiras for half a season before bringing him to Manchester.
“Jesus was unlucky to spend many of his City years in the shadow of an elite striker, something Alvarez will have to deal with too.
“Should that he get his wish, even if Haaland is Guardiola’s go-to man, Alvarez can follow the blueprint laid out by Jesus in order to have a successful City career.”
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Who is Alvarez?
Having one young talented striker on the brink of superstardom is great, but having two is seemingly unfair and that is the exact situation Pep Guardiola finds himself in with Alvarez and Erling Haaland.
Alvarez joins from River Plate after making a name for himself in South America as one of football’s hottest commodities and a player destined for greatness.
He has an eery resemblance to Man City legend, Sergio Aguero, and has been dubbed the “the new Aguero” on numerous occasions, not without good reason.
His pace, movement, dribbling ability, and balance are that of a seasoned pro way beyond Alvarez’s years not to mention his clinical finishing ability.
The River Plate youth product scored 53 goals in 120 games for the club as well as making nine appearances for the Argentina national team, scoring once.
Alvarez has the ability, the talent and now at the Etihad, has the platform to become a truly special player, and if he doesn’t become the next Aguero, becoming the next Jesus – a striker with 95 goals for Manchester City – is also not bad company to be in.
In other news, Tottenham’s Japhet Tanganga is the subject of Premier League interest.