Jack Grealish - Slowly but Surely
Jack Grealish’s move to Manchester City was made official on the 5th of August 2021 for a staggering £100 million, which constituted the most expensive transfer of an English football player ever, As well as the highest ever fee paid by a British football club.
How has Grealish been faring since making his move to Manchester?
Grealish has been thrown straight into the first team by Pep Guardiola since joining the Manchester side making a total of 14 appearances, scoring 2 and assisting 3, he also directly contributed to 15% of Manchester City’s goals in the Premier League within 9 appearances.
If we take away the £100 million valuation it’s still extremely underwhelming for a player of his quality, he currently looks a shadow of the player he was for Aston Villa but why is the question.
Jack Grealish has come into a new team, a team with a different philosophy, a team with different standards, a team with different players full of quality and ability and now playing under a new manager who has different requirements so in all fairness this is an entirely new environment for Grealish and time is needed.
Not many players come to Manchester City and become an instant impact, Bernardo Silva, Joao Cancelo, Rodrigo and Riyad Mahrez all had lackluster first seasons and all began to blossom once they adapted to the system.
Speaking in a Pre Match press conference ahead of Man City’s UEFA Champions League tie against Club Brugge Pep Guardiola himself admitted he has not found Jack Grealish’s perfect position in the Man City squad, when asked How is Grealish adapting to playing 3 games a week he responded with: “I have to find his best position”, while also reiterating that improvement is needed and that will come with time.
We are not even halfway into the season yet so why the rush into condemning Grealish? If Pep Guardiola has faith in Jack Grealish's quality, who am I to say otherwise. This very same fanbase who slander Grealish now not too long ago also concluded that Rodri was not good enough for Man City and that he doesn't fit the system, well fast forward into time his been one of our most consistent players this season alongside Bernardo Silva and Joao Cancelo dropping Ballon d'Or worthy performances week in week out.
All we need to do as fans is keep the faith in our players and not slander them at every given opportunity it’s a long season ahead of us and we need every single first team player to be in the right state of mind and that's incredibly difficult to do when you have have to deal with external pressure, It’s been a difficult start to the season for a number of our star players not just Jack Grealish the likes of Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling have both had slow starts but with time they will perform at their usually high and consistent levels.