Jamie Redknapp claims that Jack Grealish is playing things too safe for Manchester City, and needs to find an ‘X-factor’ element in his game to take him to the next level. The Sky Blues star cracked up laughing after City demolished Newcastle United 5-0 on Sunday afternoon, admitting that he has not put up the kind of numbers that he hoped for this campaign.
After the final whistle, Grealish told Sky Sports: “That’s just football, you want to score goals. Especially us attacking players. Especially me. I try to score and assist because I haven’t had as many as I wanted this season. So yeah, obviously, as the game went on we wanted more goals and luckily we got that.”
Meanwhile Redknapp highlighted a bad habit in his game that may be preventing him from reaching the next level in Sky Blue. “What got him the move in the first place was predominantly playing in the 10 role, where he had license to go and do what he wants,” he also told Sky Sports.
“But here, he’s having to play high and wide. First half, the amount of times I saw him run at the defender, drop his shoulder and then pass it back. That’s safe, that’s not good enough. Most players can do that in this City side. He has to have that X-factor and that’s what he did in the second half. It helped a bit with Kieran Trippier coming on after his injury, but he needs to be at that level where he’s doing things differently.”
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