the flop Jack Grealish makes his self-criticism

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The most expensive player in the history of the Premier League following his arrival a year ago at Manchester City from Aston Villa against 117.5 million euros, Jack Grealish (27) is living a very disappointing adventure on the side of the Sky Blues. Admittedly, he won the Premier League last year and is having a good time with the Mancunian club from a collective point of view. However, it is more complicated on an individual level. Far from being a major player for Cityzens, the native of Birmingham completed his first season with 6 goals and 4 offerings in 39 matches and gradually lost a starting place. This does not seem to be getting better since he has 6 appearances in 11 matches for only 1 small goal, last Saturday against Wolverhampton. A fairly lackluster record that currently puts him, and as since his arrival at Manchester City, under fire from critics.

English international (23 caps, 1 goal), Jack Grealish is from the September rally and is aiming for a place for the 2022 World Cup. During the rally, he took advantage of a press conference to discuss 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 a lot better. I probably haven’t been at the top of my game since moving to City but I think I’ve shown glimpses of it and over the next two months in particular I’m just going to try and put my head down as much as possible, work hard and hope good things happen.” A humility and a notable questioning for Jack Grealish who wants to offer a better face.

A different status than at Aston Villa

The former Aston Villa player also took stock of the differences he encountered at his new club compared to his previous adventure with the Villans: “At City, there is more structure. I have a great relationship with the manager. I have said in so many interviews that I have 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 I play maybe a little bit differently than I used to, but I think that also comes with the players I play with. I was captain at Villa and one of the first names on the team sheet. When you come to City and it’s not a lack of respect for Villa, you have players like Kevin (De Bruyne editor’s note), Phil (Foden’s editor’s note), I could go on…”

Aware of having to evolve in 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 extra-sporting deviations, hopes that the media pressure from which he suffers will fade over time. “I don’t know, I want to be friends with all of you (journalists editor’s note). I can obviously see a bit of where it’s coming from. But I think that’s how 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 ready to put on the warm-up blue, Jack Grealish will try to change his club situation with Manchester City. In the meantime, he will have to help the English selection in difficulty in the League of Nations (4th, 2 points) which must play for its maintenance two months before the 2022 World Cup.

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