Barcelona: 3 reasons why Gabriel Jesus should be signed over Antoine Griezmann
Gabriel Jesus is one of the best young forwards in Europe right now. Currently, he plies his trade at Manchester City, alongside other Brazilians like Ederson, Danilo and Fernandinho.
Back in 2016, when Gabriel Jesus signed for Manchester City, he was touted as the next big thing in European football. However, since then he has faded away and after a disappointing World Cup in Russia, he has played a total of only 1804 minutes this season. In addition to that, there have been many reports claiming that Manchester City are trying to sell Jesus in order to generate sum funds for Rodri's transfer.
Griezmann, the French World Cup winner, has already announced that he will be leaving Atletico Madrid this summer and has been heavily linked to Barcelona in a deal worth around £104 million ever since.
However, Griezmann might not be the perfect choice to become the next no. 9 at Barcelona and here are a few reasons why Gabriel Jesus might be the perfect candidate for that role.
#1)The Age factor
While Antoine Griezmann is a quality player, he is already 28 years old and arguably at the peak of his powers. Right now, he needs to play regular football and most importantly, not play second fiddle to someone.
Although Luis Suarez's exploits are on a decline right now, it is fair enough to say that he still has 1-2 years of football left in him and his telepathic connection with Messi on the field means that it would be very difficult to displace him from the playing XI right now.
This means that Griezmann might have to play second fiddle to Suarez or replace Dembele in the playing XI (who seems to be a part of Barcelona's future) right now, in case he arrives at Barcelona this summer.
Moreover, his age also means that Griezmann might not be a long term option for Barcelona and wouldn't have much time to settle into the team, unlike Gabriel Jesus.
While Gabriel Jesus might not have been as successful as other wonder-kids like Kylian Mbappe or Leroy Sane, he is definitely a promising player. Even though he had a below par season by his standards, he still scored 23 goals in 53 matches at the rate of a goal every 78 minutes which is a good return for a player of his age.
At 22 years of age, he can definitely improve a lot and right now he can be the perfect understudy to Luis Suarez. His young age would give him enough time and allow him to settle into the team perfectly and understand the 'Barca Way' of playing.