Pep Guardiola is attempting to incite a reaction from Jack Grealish at Manchester City, and insiders close to the English international anticipate that he won’t take it lightly. The Telegraph has reported on this situation.
Grealish, who was acquired for £100 million, has experienced a fluctuating role in the starting lineup this season, largely due to the emergence of Jeremy Doku. Even though Grealish had a period of absence due to a dead leg injury, Doku, who was brought in from Rennes in a £55.5 million deal, has overshadowed him.
Chris Sutton even suggested that the Manchester City No.10 is currently facing challenges in his role at the Etihad Stadium.
Now, according to the Telegraph, Guardiola’s decision to leave Grealish on the bench against Bournemouth is an intentional move to elicit a response from the player. Sources close to the 28-year-old believe that Grealish won’t take being left out lightly.
This development follows a discussion, as reported by Miguel Delaney of the Independent, where some individuals speculated that Guardiola’s actions are a form of discipline for Grealish, particularly after his exuberant celebrations of a hat-trick were widely publicized.
Grealish’s performance tends to benefit when he has a competitive edge and determination, similar to the way Wayne Rooney used to play. Although Grealish is already an exceptional footballer, his performances at Aston Villa often appeared even better during games where he faced challenges and provocation.
While Grealish hasn’t experienced the same level of physicality at Manchester City as he did at Aston Villa due to the varied threats posed by opponents, Guardiola’s attempt to rekindle Grealish’s fire could potentially lead to even better performances for Manchester City.