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Are we all sleeping on the fourth-best player on Dream Team?

Believe it or not, but Gabriel Jesus is currently the fourth-best player to pick on Dream Team this season.

With 168 points, the Brazilian is outscoring a whole host of bigger and better names, including Mohamed Salah, Jamie Vardy and his Man City teammate Sergio Aguero.

So how is that even possible?


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On the rise

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On the rise

Game Week 22 was a particularly good one for Jesus, as he netted twice in City’s inevitable FA Cup win over Fulham.

That brace against the Championship side also earned him 20 points on Dream Team; his second-best individual haul of the campaign, following his hat-trick at Dinamo Zagreb last month.

But upon closer inspection, it’s clear that Jesus is enjoying a relatively fruitful campaign overall, even if his goals in recent weeks and months have come in dribs and drabs.

Hot n’ cold

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Hot n’ cold

Consistency, evidently, is not his strong suit.

Back in September, for example, he scored three times, but then only netted once in the whole of October and November combined, before notching six times in December.

On the most part, we’ve seen an array of players playing and scoring points in streaks rather than being consistent.

So for someone like Jesus, who’s managed to keep relatively injury-free this campaign – missing just three matches through injury or illness – it’s been all about seizing his opportunity when it arises, as he’s still very much behind Sergio Aguero in the Man City pecking order.

And, to give him credit, he’s done that remarkably well.

Second-fiddle

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Second-fiddle

Of course, Jesus’ points haul is no doubt the consequence of multiple players missing large chunks of the season through injury, too.

Harry Kane, who’s usually one of Dream Team’s most consistent points-scorers, is some way off the top spots and will likely fail to add to his points total again this term, after suffering a season-ending hamstring problem at the start of January.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who was one of the outstanding players of last season, has been wildly inconsistent and only has 114 points to his name so far.

The same can be said for Tammy Abraham, Roberto Firmino and even Salah.

Surprise, surprise

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Surprise, surprise

So is it time to let Jesus into your Dream Team?

Perhaps, especially as City are still fighting it out on all four fronts and Jesus is clearly a key member of their attack.

The 22-year-old has a point to prove as Aguero reaches the twilight of his career, and scoring goals will no doubt put him on Pep Guardiola’s radar.

And as far as Dream Team is concerned, his points tally certainly tells you all you need to know.



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