The former Brazil international believes his fellow countryman will struggle to produce his best in a system that often requires no striker
Gabriel Jesus has been urged to get answers on his Manchester City future, with former Brazil international Ze Roberto warning that World Cup dreams may be dashed by a system at the Etihad Stadium that often requires no central striker.
Pep Guardiola is famed for his tactical tinkering, with the Catalan coach boasting enough match-winning talent in Manchester that he can favour a ‘false nine’ approach that gets more creative influences into his side.
That approach can leave the likes of Jesus kicking their heels on the bench, with the 24-year-old starting only 19 Premier League games this season, and assurances over game time need to be sought heading towards another transfer window.
Ex-Bayern Munich star Ze Roberto, who earned 84 caps for Brazil, told Goal of the problems facing Jesus in England: “Guardiola is a coach that likes to experiment with lots of options, given the quality players that he has, so as a consequence Gabriel Jesus ends up lacking a run of games. And he is a player who needs to have a run of games.
“Attacking players need game time otherwise they end up losing their confidence. And a player suffering from a lack of confidence sometimes starts to see a dip in his performance.
“I think Gabriel Jesus needs to perform better and I think he needs to score more goals in total. So I have doubts whether Guardiola’s recent tactical system is the right one for Gabriel Jesus.