Pep Guardiola, manager of Manchester City, suggested Jack Grealish ignore the noise criticizing his performance for the club, insisting he is more than happy with his contribution. Grealish is in the latest England squad despite starting just one Premier League match so far this season.
His other England teammates belong to the other side of Manchester, – Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho miss out on the England call-ups. This raised the eyebrows of many critics.
Marcus Rashford had a good start to the season with scoring 3 and assisting 2 in the opening 6 games. Grealish didn’t even open his account.
Critics have questioned why Jack Grealish is in Gareth Southgate’s Three Lions squad given his lack of minutes. They are also pointing out that he has failed to justify the hype of a record-breaking £100million transfer from Aston Villa in the summer of 2021.
Pep Guardiola has slammed the critics and defending the forward, maintaining his value to City is unquestionable whatever statistics might say.
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola said
“I don’t have any doubts about him, not at all,” “I’m delighted with his behavior and everything. I want to make goals and I want to make assists and he does too.
“But it’s not about that, it’s about his contribution without the ball and what he can produce for the other ones and the many, many things that he’s able to do.”
He had an underwhelming 58-minute display against Borussia Dortmund last Wednesday. Some have suggested his style slows the play down in contrast to Phil Foden or Bernardo Silva others that his movement has become too predictable.
Pep Guardiola added: “We didn’t sign him for the incredible goals or assists at Aston Villa. Another reason why he did it when he played He competes with top-notch players as well, and he knows it perfectly.