Gabriel Jesus – Palmeiras
A potential future Neymar, at the age of 18 Jesus is set to become a world class striker with his ability to skill past the toughest defenders of the Brazilian Serie A as shown in his four goals in the 20 games he has played so far this season. Although this seems a relatively low amount he has generally started on the bench for Palmeiras throughout the early games of this campaign. His most recent goal this season in Palmeiras’ 3-1 win against Avai with Jesus netting a simple tap in around the keeper, shortly after this he attracted attention from clubs such as Arsenal. However, no move was to be made by the English giants. Jesus has been showcasing his talent throughout his time in the Palmeiras youth team where he scored 37 goals in 22 matches showing his worth in attempts to break into the first team. Time will tell with Jesus as he grows up to improve his attributes such as developing his skills and finishing to create a dream move for him in the nearby future. Don’t be surprised if you see this kid making appearances for top European clubs in the years to come.
Gabriel Barbosa – Santos
Commonly known as Gabriel he has become a more proven player than Jesus in the Brazilian top flight scoring 19 times in the 72 appearances since his debut in 2013 at the age of 16. In comparison to Jesus Gabriel, he is seen to be a less skillful player and a more clinical finisher with a reasonable amount of strength to outmuscle the centre backs and unleash his powerful shots. As well as being a year older than Jesus, Gabriel has more experience on an international level after representing Brazil for the under 15s, 17s, 20s and 23s making a total of 26 appearances internationally. Along with this, Gabriel has been a common starter for Santos this season therefore showing his ability to break into the first team; he has contributed to Santos’ 7th place finish this season. However with consistency being a major weakness of the young attacker he has attracted little attention outside of Brazil, even though he is tipped to become better than Neymar. As well as Jesus he is still far from proving himself as a consistent player that is capable of playing alongside Europe’s elite.
By Ben Brown, TFN Columnist on 15/02/2016 at 11:59