Jack Grealish hits back at Graeme Souness criticism – Don’t know what his problem is – ASAL SPORTS

assessment, criticism, Foot Ball, Graeme Souness, jack grealish, man city
Jack Grealish has scored seven goals in 44 appearances in all competitions for Manchester City since his £100m move from Aston Villa

Manchester City and England attacking midfielder has been the subject of comments by the radio and television pundit but does not understand the attention from the Liverpool and Rangers legend

Jack Grealish reckons Graeme Souness has a “problem” with him after the Scot once again laid into the Manchester City man’s game.

“I don’t know what his problem is with me,” said Grealish. “He always says stuff about me. Listen, he was obviously a great player and won a lot but I don’t know what it is with what he says about me or what problem he has got. I know my own ability.”

Speaking in his role as a talkSport pundit, Souness said Grealish was “a good footballer” but “not a great player”, claimed he takes too many touches, does not see the big picture and has not improved over the past couple of years.

Grealish responded: “I know before that he (Souness) used to say a lot of stuff about me not moving the ball quicker but when I’m playing for a manager like Pep Guardiola and he’s telling me to keep the ball as much as I can and have the balls to take it everywhere, then that is what I will try to do.”

Grealish will be hoping Gareth Southgate holds him in higher esteem than Souness does as the 27-year-old tries to confirm his place in the squad for Qatar 2022.

https://play.acast.com/s/632bc5fb4b27f4001373caf0
https://play.acast.com/s/632bc9112a65510012c459d9
https://play.acast.com/s/632bc9ea4f34d400133461c7
https://play.acast.com/s/632bcaef65cff1001305b253
https://play.acast.com/s/632bcbc6679c380011442ea5
https://play.acast.com/s/632bcd0a5a2f0b00136e06b5
https://play.acast.com/s/632bd0444b27f4001373d8e1
https://play.acast.com/s/632bd10b3a07510014cf7724
https://play.acast.com/s/632bd2a93a07510014cf797f
https://play.acast.com/s/632bd3927f49e20012c7972d
https://play.acast.com/s/632bd75694433300129bee71
https://play.acast.com/s/632bd8127f49e20012c79d50

“I’d love to play every minute of every game for England,” said Grealish ahead of the Nations League games against Italy and Germany. “But that will never happen. I just try and perform when I’m given the chance, whether that be from the start or coming on as an impact sub. When I’m on the training pitch, I’ll train and try to give the manager no reason to leave me out. Hopefully that means I can perform well and be on the plane to the World Cup.”

Grealish has already won a Premier League medal after a record-breaking move from Aston Villa, but acknokwledged he has not had the sort of impact he would have hoped for. “Listen, if I am not playing well, I know within myself,” he explains. “I always watch my games back and I am very critical of myself. I know that there were games, especially in the second half of last season where I wasn’t at my best at all.

“Unfortunately for me, I came back fit for a strong pre-season but then got injured in the second game. I know what I’m like and how professional I actually am and hopefully I can just get my performances back to where I was when I’m playing at my best. I know how good I actually am when I’m at my best so hopefully I can get that back.”

There was certainly an encouraging sign at Molineux last weekend when Grealish scored his first goal of the season. But when it comes to City, there is only one player everyone is talking about – that man, Erling Haaland.

“Everywhere I go now – whether it be family, friends, people in the street – they always say “what’s he like?” … and I can’t speak highly enough of him,” says Grealish. “He is an unbelievable player and a brilliant person, so humble for what he has achieved already. I actually think I could get something off him. His mindset for scoring goals is unbelievable. If I could take anything off him, it would be that.”

Jack Grealish gives honest assessment of Man City form and downplays summer partying

The England and Manchester City attacking midfielder has not quite been at his brilliant best at the Etihad Stadium following his record-breaking £100m transfer from Aston Villa

Considering there are a lot of pundits forming an orderly queue to give Jack Grealish a bit of a kicking, the Manchester City man takes it all in pretty good spirit.

“When I signed for Man City and the price that came with it, I knew it wasn’t going to be all laughs … unless I started the way Erling Haaland has,” smiles Grealish. “That was the only way I wouldn’t get caned.”

Grealish also finds it amusing when people say he is not having the same impact as he had at Aston Villa, pointing out that competition for attacking places is a little stiffer at the Etihad.

https://play.acast.com/s/632bda9f7efd4a0015ab1e4a
https://play.acast.com/s/632bdf9012e16600136d6d9e
https://play.acast.com/s/632be0774b27f4001373ef04
https://play.acast.com/s/632be68d65cff1001305d93d
https://play.acast.com/s/632be76294433300129c04ca
https://play.acast.com/s/fall-2022-thai/cl8ckfvdj02rx01sl4ui5asf9
https://play.acast.com/s/632be8965a2f0b00136e2c72
https://play.acast.com/s/2022-hd-1/cl8ckmbcc02s101sl0roxc38k
https://play.acast.com/s/632be96d1682f80011a95ce6
https://shows.acast.com/632bc6cf12e16600136d4c67/episodes/632bc6d33a07510014cf69c4
https://shows.acast.com/632bd4b465cff1001305c052/episodes/632bd4b8902b0400135d0de3
https://shows.acast.com/632bd92eadacbe0013e4cb59/episodes/632bd9324b27f4001373e535

“We’ve got a full-back, Joao Cancelo, who is one of the best wingers in the world,” says Grealish, wryly. ‘Then there’s Kevin, Phil …” On a roll, Grealish, 27, points out that he has had some injury issues, not least at the start of this season, and that suggestions his summer partying was excessive are very wide of the mark.

“I was just doing what a lot of other footballers were doing, but, just sometimes, I get more attention when I’m on holiday in Ibiza or Vegas,” he says. “I was putting up photos of me working but I don’t know if a lot of people spoke about that. I tried to come back as fit as possible and I felt like I did. I’ve seen the manager say that a few times about me.”

All in all, a rigorous defence of himself but, deep down, Grealish KNOWS – despite one Premier League medal already in his pocket – that, after the record-breaking move, he has not had the sort of impact he would have hoped for.

“Listen, if I am not playing well, I know within myself,” he explains. “I always watch my games back and I am very critical of myself. I know that there were games, especially in the second half of last season where I wasn’t at my best at all.

“Unfortunately for me, I came back fit for a strong pre-season but then got injured in the second game. I know what I’m like and how professional I actually am and hopefully I can just get my performances back to where I was when I’m playing at my best. I know how good I actually am when I’m at my best so hopefully I can get that back.”

There was certainly an encouraging sign at Molineux last weekend when Grealish scored his first goal of the season. But when it comes to City, there is only one player everyone is talking about – that man, Haaland.

“Everywhere I go now – whether it be family, friends, people in the street – they always say “what’s he like?” … and I can’t speak highly enough of him,” says Grealish. “He is an unbelievable player and a brilliant person, so humble for what he has achieved already. I actually think I could get something off him. His mindset for scoring goals is unbelievable. If I could take anything off him, it would be that.”

Leave a Reply