Two Gabriel’s made their move from Brazil to Europe – but both are still waiting to take off, through paperwork problems & not getting on the pitch
Manchester City signed Gabriel Jesus for around $33 million, the 19-year-old having caught the eye following an impressive year for both club and country, where the young forward helped Palmeiras clinch their first league title in 22 years, as well as contributing hugely to Brazil’s first ever Olympic Games triumph. The striker completed a packed 2016 by cementing his place in the senior national team’s lineup, forming a lethal trio with Coutinho and Neymar.
However, a few gremlins have delayed Gabriel’s much-anticipated debut for the Premier League side. Contrary to what most fans may think, Manchester City have completed all the necessary bureaucratic steps required to. The delay is instead caused by an issue between the English Football Association and Gabriel’s Brazilian club.
Some may wonder why it is only being dealt with at the moment, while the deal was agreed few months ago. In fact, it was only possible to register Gabriel from January 1. During his time at Palmeiras, his registration was practically forbidden according to FIFA rules. Gabriel has only been training with City for a short time. Having missed the 4-0 humiliation against Everton, Gabriel hopes to make the squad for Tottenham game on Saturday.
It is currently summer in Brazil so the move became an extra break for Gabriel to recharge the batteries after a long season. The delay in registration may turn-out to be a positive, though, allowing the now Premier League player extra training sessions to get to know his teammates better. And who would want to make his long-awaited debut in such a disappointing performance as against Everton?
Gabigol in exile at Inter Milan
Gabigol is another rising star who helped Brazil claim Olympic gold. Following the forward’s $30 million move to northern Italy where he joined three-time Champions League winners Inter, the 20-year old was hoping to develop at the university of Serie A. However, things have not exactly gone as planned to say the least.
From a star at Santos, worshipped by the fans of the Paulista side, Gabriel found himself warming Internazionale’s bench. Frank De Boer’s swift dismissal from the coaching staff in November did not change much, as new manager Stefano Pioli has preferred Serie A stalwarts, Mauro Icardi and Antonio Candreva, ahead of Gabriel in the starting lineup. As for his late substitutions, the Italian tactician favors veterans Eder and Rodrigo Palacio. Last in Pioli’s pecking order comes Gabriel.
A total of 21 minutes played, over three appearances where the Brazilian came off the bench, is far from enough for the youngster to improve his football.
Inter are not giving him chances to express his talent on the pitch and have been unfair with him. Especially as in the few chances the forward has been offered, Gabriel has always left a positive impression. In other words, he has not done anything wrong to suggest that he doesn’t deserve more game-time. A loan would make sense, but the attacker has confirmed he wants to stay and fight for his place for the same side in which his idol Ronaldo made history.
The second half of the season will be decisive to see whether Pioli will give Gabigol the chances he deserves. If not, then a departure in June could be the most reasonable option. Until then, only time can tell whether the situation would have changed, or whether leaving will be the only solution.