The ‘behaviour issues’ behind Foden & Grealish being dropped vs Newcastle


Revealed: The ‘behaviour issues’ behind Phil Foden & Jack Grealish being dropped for Man City vs Newcastle


An insight into the precise reasoning behind Pep Guardiola’s decision to drop both Jack Grealish and Phil Foden for Manchester City’s meeting with Newcastle has been provided late on Monday.

Cancelo amongst the goals

Guardiola’s men of course marked their return to action yesterday afternoon.

After maintaining their advantage atop the Premier League table owing to a 7-0 drubbing of Leeds United in midweek, the Sky Blues made the trip to St. James’ Park, no doubt confident in their chances of making it two straightforward wins on the bounce.

And, when all was said and done, this is precisely what City managed.

A predictably dominant display ultimately culminated in the visitors emerging on the right side of a 4-0 scoreline on Tyneside.

Joao Cancelo proved the star of the show, adding to his early assist with the below-linked solo special, before further strikes from Riyad Mahrez and Raheem Sterling over the course of the 2nd-half added some gloss to the scoreline.

Foden & Grealish latest

Two of those to have played no part in City’s eventual triumph on Saturday, however, came in the form of Phil Foden and Jack Grealish.

Altogether surprisingly, after being condemned to the bench from kick-off, neither even managed to make it off the bench.

Pep Guardiola, in turn, was drawn on the situation on 5 Live Sport earlier today, and went on to cite off-field ‘behaviour’ as behind the exclusion of both English internationals:

“I decided for this team because they deserved to play today, these guys and not the other ones.

“At Christmas time I pay a lot of attention to behaviour on and off the pitch. And when off the pitch is not proper they are not going to play.

“So we have to be focused all the time because of distractions at Christmas time and everything that happens – you have to still be focused.”

Revealed: The ‘behaviour issues’ behind Phil Foden & Jack Grealish being dropped for Man City vs Newcastle

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 03: James Milner of Liverpool pulls down Phil Foden of Manchester City during the Premier League match between Liverpool and Manchester City at Anfield on October 3, 2021 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Simon Stacpoole/Offside/Offside via Getty Images)

Guardiola’s explanation in itself, however, did not unveil the details of exactly what kind of infringement Grealish and Foden had been responsible for.

But, as alluded to above, late on Monday night, an insight into precisely that has been provided.

As per the reliable James Ducker of The Telegraph, Foden and Grealish attended a nightclub together last Tuesday night, in the aftermath of City’s drubbing of Leeds.

Guardiola, in turn, is understood to have been left altogether unimpressed upon the news being relayed to him, with the condition of both players for the club’s recovery training session on Wednesday deemed as unacceptable.

As a result, the midfielders were punished by means of being left out against Newcastle, on the back of a stern warning regarding similar behaviour moving forward.


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# Team MP D P
1 Manchester City 18 35 44
2 Liverpool FC 18 35 41
3 Chelsea FC 18 27 38
4 Arsenal FC 18 4 32
5 West Ham United 17 7 28
6 Manchester United 16 2 27
7 Tottenham Hotspur 15 -1 26
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 18 -1 25
9 Leicester City 16 0 22
10 Aston Villa 17 -2 22
11 Crystal Palace 17 0 20
12 Brentford FC 16 -1 20
13 Brighton & Hove Albion 16 -3 20
14 Everton FC 17 -8 19
15 Southampton FC 17 -10 17
16 Leeds United 18 -18 16
17 Watford FC 16 -10 13
18 Burnley FC 15 -7 11
19 Newcastle United 18 -23 10
20 Norwich City 17 -26 10
Player Team Goals
Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 15
Jota, Diogo Liverpool FC 10
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City 9
Raphinha Leeds United 8
Dennis, Emmanuel Watford FC 7
Mount, Mason Chelsea FC 7
Ronaldo, Cristiano Manchester United 7
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur 7
Smith-Rowe, Emile Arsenal FC 7
Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 7
Silva, Bernardo Manchester City 7
Antonio, Michail West Ham United 6
Gallagher, Conor Crystal Palace 6
Wilson, Callum Newcastle United 6
Maupay, Neal Brighton & Hove Albion 6
Fernandes, Bruno Manchester United 5
King, Joshua Watford FC 5
Gray, Demarai Everton FC 5
Zaha, Wilfried Crystal Palace 5
Sterling, Raheem Manchester City 5

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