Jack Grealish is better suited to’slowing the game down’ than summer acquisition Jeremy Doku, according to Manchester City.
The 21-year-old Belgian assisted City in their 2-1 victory over Brighton on Saturday. Pep Guardiola selected him to start that game, leaving Grealish on the replacements’ bench, because of his standout early-career performances for the treble-winners after his £55.5 million acquisition.
On the seventh minute, the former Stade Rennais star set up Julian Alvarez for the game’s first goal. The Premier League winners were comfortably up when Erling Haaland of Norway made it 2-0 before Ansu Fati, on loan from Barcelona, briefly answered for the Seagulls.
Former striker Paul Dickov noted that Grealish is better at’slowing the game down’ than his teammate Doku in his in-game commentary for the City website.
He has adapted better than anyone could have anticipated, according to Dickov. He is a young boy who is unfamiliar with this fashion.
“Players are often already playing at the highest level in their respective countries when we sign them. He has adapted well, and every time he receives the ball, he presents a threat.
“I made a joke at halftime that I felt bad for James Milner,” Dickov continued. Pep will be teaching him that he can’t always beat his guy since there is still some naivete in him at times.
“They sometimes just slow the game down, under pressure, and keep the ball when that’s what Pep wants to do, as when Jack [Grealish] came on. But for someone so young, he has been incredibly amazing ever since he arrived.
Doku, a professional athlete from Belgium, rose through the Anderlecht ranks and participated in 37 games for his youth group. Prior to City agreeing to pay more than twice as much for the explosive 17-cap forward this summer, he headed to France for €26 million in 2020.