Navas set the bar incredibly high just a few months into his City career, only for his form to drop off a cliff thereafter.
The thought of Jesus Navas scoring not once but twice in a single Premier League game appears the stuff of pure fantasy these days. After all, the last time his name appeared on any sort of scrolling Premier League vidiprinter was the 18th of January 2014, the day he netted a single strike in a 4-2 beating of Ole Gunnar Solksjaer’s Cardiff. Feeling nostalgic City fans?
Because, all the way back in the early days of Manuel Pellegrini, Navas appeared a truly inspired signing. An electric, touchline hugging winger, he could beat a man with ease, drill devastating balls across the six yard box and, most impressively of all, score. In fact, Navas hit the back of the net six times in his debut season, including the clincher in City’s League Cup final triumph over Sunderland.
Little did we know that Navas’ first days at the Etihad were also his best. In the two full seasons since, the former Sevilla sprinter has regressed alarmingly, to the point where audible groans can be heard omitting out of Manchester every time his name appears on the team-sheet.
It’s now three years to the day since he spearheaded City’s 6-0 thrashing of Tottenham Hotspur at the Etihad, capped by a glorious curling lob just 13 seconds into the game. And how did he commemorate his anniversary week? By smashing aimless crosses into the shins of Borussia Monchengladbach’s defenders from an unfamiliar wing-back role.
With Pep Guardiola surely looking to trim the fat from an underperforming squad as soon as possible, don’t expect him to have too much patience for Navas.
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