England, Manchester City: Jack Grealish's failure with his self-criticism

England, Manchester City: Jack Grealish’s failure with his self-criticism

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The most expensive player in the history of the Premier League after his arrival at Manchester City from Aston Villa for 117.5 million euros a year ago, Jack Grealish (27) lives a very disappointing adventure on the side of the Sky Blues. It is true that he won the Premier League last year and is having a good time with the Mancunian club from a collective point of view. However, he is more complicated on an individual level. Far from being a great Cityzens player, the Birmingham native completed his first season with 6 goals and 4 offers in 39 games and gradually lost a starting spot. This doesn’t seem to be getting any better as he has 6 appearances in 11 games for just 1 small goal, last Saturday against Wolverhampton. A fairly mediocre track record that currently places him, and as since his arrival at Manchester City, under the fire of criticism.

English international (23 games, 1 goal), Jack Grealish is from the September rally and aspires to a place in the 2022 World Cup. During the rally, he took advantage of a press conference to talk about his personal situation. And the least we can say is that he is aware of not showing his best face: “I think I handle the pressure well, but I feel like I can start playing much better. I probably haven’t been at the top of my game since I moved to City, but I think I’ve shown glimpses of it and for the next couple of months in particular, I’ll try to keep my head down as much as possible. , work hard and expect good things to happen.” A remarkable humility and questioning for Jack Grealish who wants to offer a better face.

A different status from Aston Villa

The former Aston Villa player also took stock of the differences he found in his new club compared to his previous adventure with the Villains: “At City, there is more structure. I have a great relationship with the manager. I have said in so many interviews that he had never seen anything like this in his way of thinking and in his way of seeing football. He’s just obsessed with it and you can tell why and see why. I know people might say that I play maybe a little bit differently than I used to, but I think that also comes with the players that I play with. I was captain at Villa and one of the first names on the team record. When you come to City and it’s not disrespectful to Villa, you have players like Kevin (De Bruyne editor’s note), Phil (Foden editor’s note), I could go on…”

Aware that he has to evolve his game and that he has already started this metamorphosis, Jack Grealish also returned to his relationship with the media. He, who has made some off-sport deviations, hopes that the media pressure he suffers will fade over time. “I don’t know, I want to be friends with all of you (editor’s note from journalists). I can obviously see a little bit where it’s coming from. But I think that’s the way it is in this country, especially if you’re me, playing for one of the biggest clubs in the world, winning trophies every year. And obviously, when I have the price on my head, people will want to talk.” he continued. Questioning himself and willing to put on his warm-up blue, Jack Grealish will try to change his club status with Manchester City. Meanwhile, he will have to help the English team struggling in the Nations League (4th, 2 points) who will have to play for maintenance two months before the 2022 World Cup.

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