Former footballer turned pundit Graeme Souness believes that Manchester City and England international Jack Grealish doesn’t deliver on a consistent enough basis.
The former Liverpool legend was speaking on talkSPORT about his opinion on the City midfielder.
Grealish made the move to the Etihad Stadium from Aston Villa in the summer of 2021 for a Premier League record fee of £100m, after having spent the majority of his senior career at Villa Park.
However, the midfielder has come under scrutiny, with the 23-time England international unable to hit the heights that he had been expected to reach in his time in Manchester.
And Souness believes that people believe Grealish is a better player than what he actually is, and that he “doesn’t deliver enough.”
“I understand why people think he’s better than what he actually is,” Souness told talkSPORT.
“Because he, you know, 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.”
TIF Thoughts on Souness’ comments
Whilst we believe that on his day Grealish is one of the most unique players in world football, we had expected him to deliver more on the goal scoring and assists front since joining City for an eight-figure fee.
Seven goals and four assists in 45 appearances doesn’t represent a disaster of a return, but it can be considered a disappointment given the money City shelved out for the Birmingham-born forward minded midfielder.
And according to 90min, the 27-year-old is preparing to leave the Etihad Stadium this summer, after telling those close to him that he doesn’t expect to be at the club following the conclusion of the season.
We therefore think that Souness is correct in this instance, and that Grealish has maybe proven that he is not the world-class talent he was thought to be, when he initially made the move north to Manchester.