Gabriel Jesus was officially unveiled as a Manchester City player on Thursday, but Pep Guardiola is remaining cautious as to the effect the wonderkid will have at the Etihad.
The former Palmeiras striker will go into the squad to face Tottenham in the late kick-off on Saturday, a sign his manager is willing to put his faith in him.
However, it’s fair to say that he shouldn’t bear too much of the responsibility for City’s ongoing problems.
Guardiola himself alluded to that in his pre-match press conference, insisting:
“He is a young player, 19 years old, so we cannot think he is going to solve our problems.
“He is going to help us in the Premier League. He will have all the time to get involved.”
It’s fair to say it’s City’s defence which needs most work, which does raise questions about why they spent £27million on another striker.
The idea is that he’ll be a useful back-up to Sergio Aguero and Kelechi Iheanacho, but he may struggle for opportunities this season when all three are fit.
Nonetheless, after the 4-0 defeat at Everton last Sunday, Jesus’s arrival has come as a welcome distraction.