Graeme Souness has claimed that Jack Grealish hasn’t improved enough since moving to Manchester City.
After becoming an influential player for Aston Villa since their promotion to the Premier League in 2019, Grealish moved from Aston Villa to Manchester City for £100 million, a record for a British transfer fee in 2021.
However, in his opening season with Pep Guardiola’s side, he failed to impress, scoring only three goals and providing only three assists as Manchester City won their fourth Premier League title in five years.
While Pep Guardiola has taken many Manchester City players ability to the next level, such as Kevin De Bruyne, Raheem Sterling and Bernardo Silva, Grealish is yet to reach the levels expected of him.
And though he scored Saturday against Wolves, Grealish was criticised for his performance against Dortmund in the Champions League last week.
Speaking on Talksport this morning, Souness claims Grealish has failed to improve since his move to the Etihad, while also questioning the true extent of his abilities.
🤷♂️ “Jack Grealish is not a great player.”
👀 “I understand why people think he is better than he actually is.”
👎 “I see the same Grealish as I saw at #AVFC a couple of years ago.”
Graeme Souness says Grealish hasn’t improved enough since joining #MCFC. pic.twitter.com/rWp653pk6m
— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) September 20, 2022
“Jack Grealish is a good footballer. For me he’s not a great player. He’s a good player who’s got a big move and is yet to do it at Man City for me.
I go back to his days at Aston Villa where they were in the Premier League for Two years, and for both years he was the most fouled player in the Premier League.
Now I see that two ways. You are having too many touches if you’re the most fouled player, and the reason you’re having too many touches is because you’re not seeing the picture quick enough.
I understand why people think he’s better than what he actually is. He runs with the ball, he gets you on the edge of your seat, but he doesn’t deliver enough.”
Despite scoring his first goal of the season against Wolves on Saturday, the 27-year-old’s displays have continued to be underwhelming this season, which he acknowledged in a very honest interview after the 3-0 victory.
"I should be scoring more and getting assists"
"I'm always going to have people talk about me because of the amount I got bought for"
"Hopefully I repaid Pep for starting me after Wednesday"
A very honest post-match interview from Jack Grealish... 👏
🎙 @TheDesKelly pic.twitter.com/urQ7RrRv63
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) September 17, 2022
"I should be scoring more, I should be getting more assists. The only thing I can do is score and get assists.
Obviously I'm always going to have people talk about me with the amount I got bought for, but if you look at my whole career, i probably haven't scored as much as certain people.
Even when I was at Aston Villa I think I only scored only 14 or 15 goals over the two seasons in the Premier League"