Jack Grealish has been subject to speculation linking him to the blues in the last week. And while the England and would be a welcome addition to the squad, we look at where Grealish could play in the Manchester City XI if he joins us like he is rumored to.
The false 9 position was used plenty of times for City in the last year especially in the Champions League, as the blues had to manage without strikers at times. This strategy resulted in us being defensively solid and causing havoc of the opponents, resulting in the blues reaching the Champions League final, winning the Premier League and Carabao Cup and reaching the semi-final of the FA Cup.
Many players were utilised in that role such as Kevin De Bruyne, Bernardo Silva, Riyad Mahrez, Phil Foden, Raheem Sterling and Ferran Torres, and Grealish could adapt really quickly to play in the false 9 position, creating chances for himself and others.
Left wing is a position that Jack Grealish is used to playing in for Aston Villa. He constantly causes havoc of opponents defences in the Premier League with his pacey and skillful dribbling, and it’s for this reason why he is the most fouled player in the Premier League. However , the problem is that we already have Foden, Sterling, Torres and Gabriel Jesus who can play at Left Wing. Therefore Grealish will need to fight for that position.
In the past, Grealish has spoken about that he admires the world class attacking midfielder in Kevin De Bruyne. He said once in an interview that “I just try and take little bits really out of his game."
This could result in de Bruyne mentoring Grealish if indeed he does join, which in turn will make the England man an even better option in the attacking midfield position. Having De Bruyne alongside Grealish in the midfield will be a dream to watch - not only would they create even more chances together for the forwards, but creae space for themselves and others. Mouthwatering! The issue is would De Bruyne and Grealish work well together?
In my opinion, Grealish can do the David Silva role that Pep Guardiola used. Silva would overlap and work with the forwards and full backs with one-twos passes and through balls to create chances for himself and others, moving the ball forward quickly. Like Silva, Grealish is creative and a great dribbler who he could play the role well.
Where else do you think Grealish could play? Any points I have missed in this article? Let me know in the comments section?