Jack Grealish in the eye of the storm


It’s been a year since Jack Grealish settled in Manchester City. Author of correct beginnings, the Englishman was quickly overtaken by a sad reality. Despite a €117m transfer from Aston Villa, his playing time has gradually faded, especially in the Champions League. Blame it on erratic performances and sluggish statistics (only 6 goals and 9 assists in 39 games in all competitions). His start to the season takes the same trajectory. After 5 timid appearances, here he is at the heart of the critics.

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The low-socked Englishman has still not scored or delivered a single decisive pass. In the Champions League, he was released from the hour mark, when he has not even stepped on a Premier League lawn since August 13, in particular due to a physical glitch. “He started very well but had to stop for an ankle problemdefends Guardiola at a press conference. In the last game, in the final third of the field, he was the only one to make aggressive one-on-one runs, but to make assists, he didn’t have his teammates in the box, so we isolated him .”

Guardiola is satisfied

According to the Manchester City coach, Grealish is not solely responsible for his sluggish performance. “When he faces the full-back, only Erling was there. Gündo wasn’t there, Kevin wasn’t there when they should be in the zone. In the first half, especially when we had the ball, we didn’t make any moves to help the players who had the ball and give him more opportunities to make things easier for him. I am more than happy and delighted with what he is doing. Now it’s just a matter of time to regain some of the momentum he had at the start of the season. »notes all the same Guardiola.

The Spanish coach defends his player and punches the table. The attacking midfielder should not be seen solely through the prism of statistics. “We didn’t sign his incredible goals or assists at Aston Villa. I also want him to score goals and make passes, but it’s not just about that. It’s also about his contribution off the ball, and what he can produce for others. » It remains for Grealish to convince his supporters and it starts this Saturday with a trip to Wolverhampton on the 8th day of the Premier League.

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