Following Sergio Aguero’s departure, and having failed to land Harry Kane (£7.0m), Cristiano Ronaldo (£7.8m) or any other striker during the summer transfer, Man City were left with only one recognised senior striker at the start of this season in the form of Gabriel Jesus (£4.4m).
So what does Pep Guardiola do? Well, he converts the Brazilian into a winger of course.
And to be fair to the Catalan tactician, the change of role has generally worked out well so far.
Jesus has taken on a new lease of life this term, keeping Riyad Mahrez (£5.5m) out of the starting line-up in the majority of Premier League games.
Operating from the right flank, the 24-year-old has provided four assists and scored two goals in 421 minutes of action – averaging a goal involvement every 70.2 minutes.
His best moment of the campaign came this past weekend when his shot deflected past Edouard Mendy (£4.6m) as City beat Chelsea 1-0 – the Blues first defeat of 2021/22.
Jesus’ bright start has translated to healthy Dream Team returns.
His winner at Stamford Bridge was enough to earn him the Star Man award on Saturday and the resulting 13-point haul moved him onto 43 overall.
Only three other forwards have more points than City’s No9 at the time of writing and the list of those trailing him includes Romelu Lukaku (£6.3m), Jamie Vardy (£4.1m) and Cristiano Ronaldo (£7.8m).
Taking all this into consideration, it’s logical to conclude that Jesus’ current ownership of 5% isn’t a fair representation of his worth.
John Stones (£4.0m) is more popular and he hasn’t played a single minute for City yet this season!
Guardiola’s rotation policy is a constant nuisance for Dream Team gaffers but City’s attacking assets simply can’t be ignored and right now Jesus is the best of the lot.
The reigning Premier League champions overcame Chelsea but their fixtures don’t let up until after the international break – they travel to PSG this Tuesday before facing Liverpool at Anfield on Sunday.