We ‘signed’ Gabriel Jesus for Chelsea and he was brilliant under Thomas Tuchel

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Chelsea are reportedly just one of the many clubs interested in signing Manchester City forward Gabriel Jesus this summer.

Romelu Lukaku’s underwhelming performances in the 2021/22 campaign and reported desire to return to Inter ahead of next season could see the Blues make a move for a striker in the summer transfer window. Jesus is expected to leave City after it was confirmed that Erling Haaland will move to the Etihad once the transfer window opens.

According to transfer guru Fabrizio Romano, Jesus is expected to join a Premier League club this summer with Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham all linked with the 25-year-old striker. Thomas Tuchel is set to be significantly backed by new owner Todd Boehly as the Blues head into a crucial transfer window, with Jesus rumored to be one of the club’s targets ahead of the 2022/23 campaign.

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So, if Jesus was to make the move to Chelsea in the summer, what sort of impact could he have on Tuchel’s side? Could the 25-year-old help the club challenge Manchester City and Liverpool for silverware?

We simulated the 2022/23 season with Jesus in the Chelsea squad and this is what happened.

We ‘signed’ Gabriel Jesus for Chelsea in July 2022

To set up this simulation, we used the Football Manager 2022 editor to arrange for Jesus to join Tuchel’s side at the start of the summer transfer window, using FM22 to run the simulation. This is what Jesus’ in-game profile looks like on FM22.



Gabriel Jesus' in-game profile on Football Manager 2022.
Gabriel Jesus’ in-game profile on Football Manager 2022.

Gabriel Jesus is a talented striker with impressive attributes across the board including his Dribbling (16), Technique (16), Work Rate (16), Off The Ball (16), Flair (16) Acceleration (16) and Agility (17) . The Brazilian forward can play anywhere across the front three, cutting in from either wing or operating more centrally as a number nine. Jesus tends to come short and collect the ball from midfielders and looks to lob goalkeepers when the situation arises. So, how did Jesus perform for Chelsea in our simulated season? Let’s find out.

The 25-year-old scored a total of 25 goals and registered seven assists in 47 appearances for the Blues in all competitions. Jesus proved to be a crucial player for Tuchel, scoring just three goals less than Kai Havertz despite having a higher xG rating.



Chelsea's top performers in the 2022/23 season.
Chelsea’s top performers in the 2022/23 season.

The Brazil international averaged a match rating of 7.27 in all competitions matching Jorginho, only bettered by N’Golo Kante (7.28) and Havertz (7.41). Jesus recorded the highest shooting accuracy in the squad with 55% of his shots being on target, highlighting his ability to perform in front of goal.

At the end of the 2022/23 season, Football Manager 2022 put together an overall best Chelsea XI, based on performances, statistics and other metrics. This is what the Blues’ best XI looked like at the end of the 2022-23 season as predicted by Football Manager 2022:

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Chelsea's best XI in the 2022/23 season.
Chelsea’s best XI in the 2022/23 season.

Full Chelsea best XI (5-2-2-1): Mendy; James, Silva, Chalobah, Pavard, Chilwell; Jorginho, Kante; Havertz, Mount; Jesus.

Chelsea signed Benjamin Pavard and Lucas Hernandez to replace the outgoing Andreas Christensen and Antonio Rudiger in defense. Jesus and Pavard both featured in the best XI for the Blues in the 2022/23 season, seeing Cesar Azpilicueta and the likes of Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner drop to the bench.

So, how did Chelsea perform in the league and cup competitions after signing Jesus in the summer transfer window? Let’s take a look.

Chelsea’s results from the 2022-23 simulation:



Chelsea finished second in the Premier League.
Chelsea finished second in the Premier League.

Chelsea finished second in the Premier League, just three points behind champions Manchester City. Tuchel’s side missed out on the title after taking the battle with Man City to the final day before suffering a 2-1 defeat to Pep Guardiola’s side at the Etihad.

The Blues pushed City all the way but fell short at the final hurdle, despite overtaking Liverpool in terms of league position and performance. Compared to the 2021/22 season, Tuchel’s side finished one position higher with 12 more points and a better goal difference by +2 (+45).

In the cup competitions, Chelsea were unable to replicate their Premier League success after being dumped out of both domestic competitions in the third round following defeats to Tottenham and Man City. In the Champions League, the Blues were knocked out in the semi-finals after suffering a 3-2 aggregate defeat against Bayern Munich.



Chelsea's performances in the cup competitions.
Chelsea’s performances in the cup competitions.

Overall, this Football Manager simulation predicts that if Chelsea were to sign Jesus ahead of the 2022/23 season, he could become a key player and one of the best strikers in the Premier League, firing the Blues to a second-place Premier League finish in Todd Boehly’s first year as owner. The Brazilian formed a good relationship with Mount and Havertz in attack, rivalling Liverpool and Man City’s attacking lineups as Jesus finished as the Premier League’s joint-second top goal scorer with 19 goals along with Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah, only bettered by City’s new signing Erling Haaland (22).

Would you like to see Gabriel Jesus sign for Chelsea this summer? Let us know in the comments!

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