‘You have too many touches because you’re not seeing the picture quick enough’: Graeme Souness claims Man City’s Jack Grealish is ‘not a great player’ – and insists England winger has ‘not done it yet’ since £100m move from Aston Villa
- Graeme Souness criticised Jack Grealish for not improving enough at Man City
- The England star moved from Aston Villa to City for £100million in August 2021
- Grealish has been accused of lacking end product since his big-money transfer
- And Liverpool icon Souness insisted the 27-year-old star ‘is not a great player’
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Graeme Souness has accused Jack Grealish of not improving enough since his £100million move from Aston Villa.
Manchester City splashed the cash on the England winger in August 2021, but the 27-year-old has struggled at times for end product, with only seven goals in 44 appearances in all competitions for the Premier League champions.
And Souness told talkSPORT that Grealish ‘is not a great player’ and gets fouled a lot because he does ‘not see the picture quick enough’.
Graeme Souness accused Jack Grealish of not improving enough since his Aston Villa move
The Liverpool icon (pictured) said he is ‘not a great player’ and has ‘not done it yet’ at City
He said: ‘Jack Grealish is a good footballer. For me, he’s not a great player. He’s a good player who has got a big move and is yet to do it at Man City. At Aston Villa he was the most fouled player in the Premier League.
‘You’re having too many touches if you’re the most fouled player, and the reason you’re having too many touches is you’re not seeing the picture quick enough. I understand why people think he’s better than he actually is because he runs with the ball, he gets you on the edge of your seat. But he doesn’t deliver enough.
‘He doesn’t see the right picture and he doesn’t deliver it quick enough. If he was being a star every weekend, we would not be having this type of conversation about him.
Grealish scored his first league goal of the season in a 3-0 win against Wolves on Saturday
‘I thought Jack, every day at City, would be asked to (move the ball) quicker, deliver on what he sees quicker, but it’s not happened for him. I see the same Jack Grealish at City today as I saw at Aston Villa a couple of years ago.’
The 23-cap international – called up to Gareth Southgate’s England squad for the upcoming Nations League fixtures – scored his first league goal of the season in the opening minute of City’s 3-0 win against Wolves on Saturday.
Team-mate Kevin De Bruyne, meanwhile, has claimed Grealish is unfairly criticised and insisted he would not have the same scrutiny or expectation if he were foreign.
Grealish also had the backing of Guardiola prior to the victory over Wolves as the Spaniard publicly defended his player.
He admitted himself that he ‘should be scoring more’ after finally getting off the mark in the win at Molineux.