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Marcus Rashford vs Gabriel Jesus: Settling the debate

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Marcus Rashford and Gabriel Jesus are two of the hottest young talents in Europe - the United striker pipped the Brazilian to third place at the 2017 Golden Boy award - and each has the ability to produce a game-changing moment.

But which one is the better player? Let’s crunch some numbers to determine who comes out on top in the clash of football’s two rising stars.

All stats are taken from their Premier League form.

Manchester City v West Ham United - Premier League

Appearances/Goals

Marcus Rashford: 18/4

Gabriel Jesus: 16/8

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Minutes

Rashford: 1092

Jesus: 915

Minutes per goal

Rashford: 273

Jesus: 114

So Jesus has been much more productive than Rashford this season, scoring more goals despite playing less.

But just how important were their goals?

Well, 75 per cent of Rashford’s strikes were equalisers or gave United the lead, compared to 37.5 per cent of Jesus’.

Five of Jesus’ eight goals came when City were already leading.

So while Rashford has found the net on fewer occasions than the Brazilian, his goals have carried more importance.

Manchester United v Leicester City - Premier League

It’s also interesting to note that three of Rashford’s four goals came in the second half, compared to 37.5 per cent of Jesus’.

Evidence, then, that the England international is more likely to make an impact late on. Two of his four strikes came in the 70th minute onwards.

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Much of Jesus and Rashford’s value stems from their ability to create chances as well as converting them and the United forward comes out on top in all the categories related to helping his team find the net.

He’s created more chances, provided five assists against Jesus’ two and has totalled more forward passes.

Rashford is also more daring with his passes, averaging more than 14m per pass compared to Jesus’ 11m.

Manchester City v Wolverhampton Wanderers - Carabao Cup Fourth Round

The stats paint a rather interesting picture. Rashford’s goal return pales in comparison to his rival but that’s not to say the 20-year-old has had a disappointing season.

His production, playing predominantly on the left wing, has been fine.

But Jesus gets the nod for his immaculate form in Guardiola’s immaculate side.

Manchester City v Stoke City - Premier League

Playing either through the middle or to the left of Sergio Aguero, the former Palmeiras striker has enhanced his reputation with a series of impressive performances.

None were more spectacular than in the 7-2 thumping against Stoke in October, in which Jesus bagged a brace.

Verdict

No team has been unable to prevent City from scoring this season and Jesus has played a big part in their fine form. His assimilation to the Premier League has been seamless.

Rashford scored in the derby - a 2-1 win for City at the home of their rivals - but the England international hasn't quite made the same impact as Jesus so far this season.

Two great young players but Jesus has the edge at the moment.

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