By Obiajulu Chiagoziem
Paul Dickov, former Manchester City striker seems to be satisfied with Jack Grealish’s form in Manchester City. According to him, the new signing is adapting gradually to the club’s pattern.
Recall that ex-Aston Villa star, Grealish signed for a British record £100million fee ahead of the 2021-22 season, bolstering an impressive group of playmakers in Pep Guardiola’s squad.
Dickov told Stats Perform: “No disrespect to Aston Villa, but there’s a lot more quality in the squad at Manchester City and they play a different way. When Jack was at Aston Villa last season and the season before, he was the main man all the time.
“When Aston Villa players got the ball and they wanted to attack they gave the ball to Jack Grealish, and he was the main man.
“At Manchester City the ball goes to Phil Foden, Kevin De Bruyne and Bernardo Silva. So Jack’s had to adapt his game and also without the ball.
“At Aston Villa he didn’t necessarily have to defend, he could afford to be that player that could just win them the game without doing much without the ball.
“Whereas we all know that Pep Guardiola demands the players to work hard without the ball. So I think the fact that he started every game was a process of bedding him in to how Manchester City play and letting him know what it takes to be part of a Pep team.
“And I think he’s done really well and it has been interesting as well that he’s started every single game.When you have the likes of Phil Foden, Raheem Sterling, Ferran Torres and Riyad Mahrez, Gabriel Jesus — Pep seems to rotate that front three a lot.”
He added: “The last couple of games and Liverpool especially he looked a little bit tired.
“He’s one of the only one of the front three players that started every game, and especially it was on the back of a massive week against Chelsea, PSG and Liverpool. But I think he’s been outstanding and I’m a massive fan of Jack Grealish.” he concluded.
Manchester city at the moment, sits behind Chelsea in the league’s table, with a two point difference.