Manchester City starlet Gabriel Jesus ‘surprised’ by how easily he’s adapted to English football after his three goals


Gabriel Jesus concedes even he has been ‘very surprised’ by the way he has taken the Premier League by storm in his first month in England.

The Brazilian forward has scored three times in his first two Premier League starts for Manchester City and provided two assists in all competitions.

For a 19-year-old arriving fresh in Europe from South America it has been an impressive adaptation – one at a pace even he did not expect.

I am very surprised,’ Jesus said. ‘Although I work a lot every single day, with everyone’s support, in order for that to happen.

‘I am very happy. Each day I feel that I am adjusting really well, with the support of everyone in the club.

‘The players, they help me every day and that makes me happy, even more because I am able to make a good start in a City shirt.’

Jesus hit two goals in Sunday’s 2-1 win over Swansea City, following his strike away at West Ham in a 4-0 victory.

He also set up Kevin De Bruyne for a goal at London Stadium having provided an assist to Raheem Sterling in the FA Cup win at Crystal Palace – all in the space of eight days.

Fellow Brazilian Fernandinho spoke with caution over expectations of the young striker this week but said he hopes he can keep up the high standards shown so far.

He has been a professional footballer for just two years, so he is starting very, very, very young,’ the midfielder said.

‘We were happy for his incredible performances for the national team and for his club, where he won a few titles, and now he has come here and started to score goals.

‘As a young player you can sometimes drop your level. He can play amazing, but he is good because his mentality is good, on the same level all the time – he is stable.

‘We can help him stay at this level until the end of the season, and if he does everyone will be happy.’

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