Graeme Souness admits ‘I’m not Jack Grealish’s biggest fan’ and says he hasn’t improved under Pep Guardiola

Jack Grealish hasn’t improved under Pep Guardiola, believes Graeme Souness, who says the Manchester City man hasn’t lived up to his price tag. The England forward joined City in the summer of 2021 in what was a British record fee but it’s been a mixed bag for him in terms of his individual form. Grealish has won six trophies in two-and-a-half years at City, including two Premier League titles and the Champions LeagueGetty The 28-year-old has bagged a number of trophies, including the Premier League, FA Cup and Champions League treble last season The former Aston Villa star enjoyed a good second season at City but he’s struggled this term with just three goals and two assists in 26 appearances. Grealish went off injured during City’s Champions League win against FC Copenhagen last week and there are even suggestions he may struggle to make it into the England squad for Euro 2024 next summer. But Souness questioned whether it’s ever been that good for Grealish at City, suggesting Guardiola hasn’t been able to take his game to the next level. “I can’t say I’m his biggest fan, no,” Souness told talkSPORT. When asked if Grealish has improved under Guardiola, Souness responded: “No. “I don’t see any changes. In fact I think his stats may be worse at City than they were at Villa.” When asked if Grealish has taken on more responsibilities on the pitch, Souness said: “Maybe in the sense of dropping back, more enthusiasm to do the hard yards, the hard yards going back towards your goal. Fortunately for Grealish, the injury he sustained in Denmark is only supposed to sideline him for a few weeksTNT Sports “But you’re not buying that type of player because he defends really well for you. “The priority for someone like that when you spend £100million, he’s going to be the difference in the big games. He’s going to be scoring lots of goals and creating lots of goals – none of that’s happened. “Yeah he’s won some big trophies but I’d argue he’s in a very, very good team.”

Graeme Souness admits ‘I’m not Jack Grealish’s biggest fan’ and says he hasn’t improved under Pep Guardiola

Jack Grealish hasn’t improved under Pep Guardiola, believes Graeme Souness, who says the Manchester City man hasn’t lived up to his price tag.

The England forward joined City in the summer of 2021 in what was a British record fee but it’s been a mixed bag for him in terms of his individual form.

Grealish has won six trophies in two-and-a-half years at City, including two Premier League titles and the Champions League
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The 28-year-old has bagged a number of trophies, including the Premier League, FA Cup and Champions League treble last season

The former Aston Villa star enjoyed a good second season at City but he’s struggled this term with just three goals and two assists in 26 appearances.

Grealish went off injured during City’s Champions League win against FC Copenhagen last week and there are even suggestions he may struggle to make it into the England squad for Euro 2024 next summer.

But Souness questioned whether it’s ever been that good for Grealish at City, suggesting Guardiola hasn’t been able to take his game to the next level.

“I can’t say I’m his biggest fan, no,” Souness told talkSPORT.

When asked if Grealish has improved under Guardiola, Souness responded: “No.

“I don’t see any changes. In fact I think his stats may be worse at City than they were at Villa.”

When asked if Grealish has taken on more responsibilities on the pitch, Souness said: “Maybe in the sense of dropping back, more enthusiasm to do the hard yards, the hard yards going back towards your goal.

Fortunately for Grealish, the injury he sustained in Denmark is only supposed to sideline him for a few weeks
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“But you’re not buying that type of player because he defends really well for you.

“The priority for someone like that when you spend £100million, he’s going to be the difference in the big games. He’s going to be scoring lots of goals and creating lots of goals – none of that’s happened.

“Yeah he’s won some big trophies but I’d argue he’s in a very, very good team.”


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