Paul Dickov is impressed with Jack Grealish’s debut at Manchester City but the move from Aston Villa has necessitated a significant adjustment. Manchester City’s former striker Paul Dickov believes Jack Grealish has made a great start to life at the club.
Ahead of the 2021-22 season, former Aston Villa player Grealish joined Pep Guardiola’s club in a football transfer for a British record of £100 million boosting a strong core of playmakers. Dickov believes the attacking midfielder has been given a run of games so he can grasp the differences between playing for City and Villa, where he will not be the “primary man.”
With the England international scoring twice and assisting twice in ten outings across all competitions Dickov is pleased with Grealish’s start at the club. Dickov told Stats Perform football news: “No disrespect to Aston Villa, but there’s a lot more quality in the squad at Manchester City and they play a different way.”
“When Jack was at Aston Villa last season and the season before, he was the main man all the time. When Aston Villa players got the ball and they wanted to attack they gave the ball to Jack Grealish, and he was the main man. At Manchester City the ball goes to Phil Foden, Kevin De Bruyne and Bernardo Silva. So Jack’s had to adapt his game and also without the ball.”
“At Aston Villa, he didn’t necessarily have to defend, he could afford to be that player that could just win them the game without doing much without the ball. Whereas we all know that Pep Guardiola demands the players to work hard without the ball. So I think the fact that he started every game was a process of bedding him in to how Manchester City play and letting him know what it takes to be part of a Pep team,” he added.
“And I think he’s done really well and it has been interesting as well that he’s started every single game. When you have the likes of Phil Foden, Raheem Sterling, Ferran Torres and Riyad Mahrez, Gabriel Jesus — Pep seems to rotate that front three a lot.”
Dickov added: “The last couple of games and Liverpool especially he looked a little bit tired. He’s one of the only one of the front three players that started every game, and especially it was on the back of a massive week against Chelsea, PSG and Liverpool. But I think he’s been outstanding and I’m a massive fan of Jack Grealish.”
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