Manchester City only made one marquee signing this past summer. The Cityzens paid a mammoth £100 million transfer fee to Aston Villa to prise Grealish away from the Villa Park. With that said, the 26-year-old, so far, has failed to live up to the massive expectations surrounding him.
Grealish has made 13 appearances for the Cityzens in the Premier League this season but has managed to find the back of the net only twice and has managed to assist on only two occasions. With a G/A of 4 from 13 appearances for the Sky Blues, the 26-year-old has failed to show why is worth the £100 million that the Cityzens decided to splash on him this past summer.
The Englishman, along with Phil Foden was dropped from the XI in the game against Newcastle over disciplinary grounds, after pictures showing the duo leaving a nightclub made rounds on social media. Pep Guardiola was said to be disappointed over the duo’s state when they arrived to train the following morning.
Having said that, Jack Grealish has admitted that life is “much more difficult than expected” at the Etihad, in comparison to his time at Aston Villa.
Speaking to Sky Sports (h/t Express), Grealish said:
“I’ve got so much more to give. It’s been so much more difficult than I thought it was going to be.
“I’m still learning and adapting. I’ve heard some people take a year to adapt here so maybe it will be the same for me. I want to score more and set up more goals next year.
Grealish also said that he is eager to contribute more to the Sky Blues. The 26-year-old’s dip in form, fortunately, haven’t hurt Manchester City in the season thus far. The reigning Premier League champions are currently sitting at the top of the table, six points clear from third-placed Chelsea and three points clear from second-placed Liverpool.
With the depth in the Cityzens’ squad, they are expected to go all the way when it comes to their PL title defense as they have not shown any signs of slowing down. However, if Manchester City do want to intensify their maiden UEFA Champions League title charge, Jack Grealish will be required to join the party.
Alan Brazil from talkSPORT believes that the duo of Foden and Grealish could look to leave Manchester City next summer, following the disciplinary measures being employed against them. The former Manchester United star named Barcelona or Real Madrid as the clubs that could sign the Three Lions teammates.
It is unlikely that this scenario will be dragged on for too long. Grealish and Foden have been named in the subs for the game against Leicester and it will be interesting to see if Pep decides them to use them in the game.