The transfer of Jack Grealish from Aston Villa to Manchester City was one of the biggest moves of the summer. Grealish had been in inspired form for Villa over the last few seasons and was amongst the best playmaker-forwards in the Premier League. Although his signing proved to be a lucrative affair, City are hardly ever short for cash and his addition only bolsters their already frightening frontline.
Despite the clear frustrations of Aston Villa fans over their captain’s departure, the club’s chief executive Christian Purslow cleared the air and revealed that Grealish’s contract had a specific clause where Aston Villa would not come in his way if a Champions League club got interested in pursuing his services.
That is the release clause that Manchester City triggered this summer to bring him to the Etihad Stadium and made him the most expensive transfer in the history of English football.
Without further ado, let’s take a quick look at the matches Jack Grealish has featured in for Manchester City so far this season.
COMMUNITY SHIELD AGAINST LEICESTER CITY
With many of City’s senior players yet to return to the fold following a busy summer, Pep Guardiola started a relatively inexperienced side against Leicester City in the Community Shield. Jack Grealish, wearing the number 10 at City, came on in the second-half to make his debut and looked pretty solid on the left flank.
He often switched from the left flank to the right flank to combine with Cole Palmer and Bernardo Silva. Jack Grealish also tried creating chances but wasn’t able to execute them to perfection.
Guardiola’s side ended up losing the final after Kelechi Iheanacho converted from 12 yards with just one minute left in regular time.
We’ll give him a performance rating of 6.5 on 10 in the game.
PREMIER LEAGUE MATCH AGAINST TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR
Jack Grealish was decent in his Premier League debut for Manchester City against Tottenham Hotspur.
Once again, the 25-year-old occupied the left half-spaces and tried to get the ball into tighter areas. However, he was well-covered by Pierre Emile Hojbjerg and Oliver Skipp. Regardless, Grealish still had a pretty great first-half and drew plenty of fouls.
Manchester City suffered a rude shock in the Premier League season opener and lost 1-0 to Spurs. For Grealish’s rating from the game, we’ll go with a solid 7.
PREMIER LEAGUE MATCH AGAINST NORWICH CITY
In his second Premier League start for Manchester City, Jack Grealish got off the mark with a goal.
It wasn’t how he’d have probably envisioned it – a deflection off his knee to get the ball past the line – but he celebrated it wildly with his finger in the ears, indicating that he hasn’t been listening to his critics all summer.
Grealish’s goal was one amongst five that Guardiola’s side put past Norwich City, bouncing back strongly following the defeat against Spurs in the week before. Occupying the left flank on the frontline, the City number 10 constantly drifted in all game, created chances and combined with Gabriel Jesus.
For his brilliant outing against Norwich City, Jack Grealish deserves nothing less than an 8.
VERDICT ON GREALISH AT MANCHESTER CITY SO FAR
Although it’s hard to make an accurate assessment after just three games when Grealish is still getting used to how things happen at his new club and where Guardiola wants him to play, it’s fair to say that he has been pretty solid so far.
Is the price tag justifiable? No, not quite yet but he’s solid nonetheless.
Grealish’s best ever goal-scoring tally in a Premier League season was 10. However, at City, he will have plenty of chances.
Being fed by the likes of Kevin De Bruyne and Ilkay Gundogan is a luxury not many forwards can cherish and head coach Pep Guardiola thinks Grealish can have the same impact in front of goal as Raheem Sterling.
“If Jack gets the mentality to score goals like Raheem then yeah [he can get 20 or 30 goals a season],” said Guardiola after the match against Norwich City.
Not only a threat in front of goal, Grealish also has the tools in his arsenal to influence moves and assist his teammates as he quite often showed at Aston Villa. The likes of Gabriel Jesus, Riyad Mahrez, and Ferran Torres will benefit massively from his playmaking as well.
Jack Grealish has looked better and better with each game he’s played for City so far and the fans can expect massive things from him this season once he finds himself completely settled in the squad.
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