Jack Grealish: All you need to know about Man City-linked midfielder
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Jack Grealish has been warned against a move to Manchester City by former Premier League winger John Barnes, who says that the England international might struggle to get into Pep Guardiola’s side due to the amount of No 10’s they already have. The Aston Villa captain has been linked with a huge transfer to the Premier League champions this summer.
The 25-year-old has had an excellent two years since helping Villa win promotion back to the Premier League, which has reportedly seen him draw interest from numerous clubs across Europe – including City’s rivals Man Utd.
Grealish could become the most expensive British player of all time if he was to make a reported £100m to the Ethiad Stadium.
However, Liverpool legend Barnes suggested Grealish may struggle for game time under Guardiola in Manchester.
“Joining Man City might not be a wise move for Jack Grealish,” he told BonusCodeBets.co.uk.
“The player I’d expect to go is Harry Kane, but I don’t know if he’ll want to join Manchester City or Manchester United.
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“Is Man City the place for Jack Grealish? You’ve got Kevin De Bruyne and Phil Foden, you don’t need another number ten.
“If he goes there, what kind of player is he going to be? He’s not in the England team because you can’t play all number tens.
“With the amount of attacking players City have – De Bruyne, Bernardo Silva, Foden and Raheem Sterling – whose place is he going to take in that team?
“If he doesn’t play ahead of them, why is he going to go to Man City?”
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Grealish scored six goals and assisted 12 last term, despite him missing 12 matches with a knee injury.
His absence left him in a race against time to be fit for England’s Euro 2020 campaign, but he proved his fitness by playing in the Villans’ final two top-flight fixtures.
Grealish featured twice during the Three Lions’ group stage games and his form for both club and country has earned him plenty of transfer interest.
But Barnes claims that he would have gotten more minutes under Gareth Southgate if his defensive output was as good as his teammate’s, Mason Mount.
“People were saying for England that he (Grealish) should be playing, but the reason we got to the final was because of Declan Rice and Kalvin Phillips, two holding midfield players,” Barnes added.
“Mason Mount played instead because he’s a hard-working attacking player and will work back defensively.
“Grealish doesn’t do that as much as Mount does, so that’s why Mount was ahead of him.
“Grealish is a fantastic player but will it suit him to go to City?”
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