Pep Guardiola sets Jack Grealish deadline to start showing best form for Man City
Manchester|November 30, 2021
Grealish is a doubt for Wednesday's Premier League trip to his former club Aston Villa, but the fixture has seen his fortunes since swapping Villa Park for the Etihad analysed and scrutinised.
With just two goals to his name in a City shirt, it's been a fairly slow start to life in Manchester for Grealish, but Guardiola backed his summer signing to kick on when he fully settles down in Manchester.
"He started perfectly," Guardiola said ahead of the Villa Park trip.
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"It's easy because he knows many English players and the other guys are nice people. Not a problem, he plays good, he needs to finish to settle and needs time. If you analyse games, he doesn't play bad. The quality he has is difficult to play bad.
"The way we played and expectations. It's different to what he lives in Birmingham, he did incredibly well there, his commitment to the club. Going to the second division to not leave and to stay and get promoted, then stay in the first season and what Villa did last season.
"Now this break after coming back from England injured, hopefully he comes back and step by step finds his best form."
When asked whether City might need to wait until next season to see Grealish fully realise his best form that he previously showed at Villa, Guardiola challenged his number ten to use the second half of the season to show why he was signed.
He replied: "I don't think so. If that is the case he will be in trouble. We have six, seven months ahead of us, all the nice things.
"I don't think the best Jack Grealish we see next season, I want to see it this season."
Grealish will be assessed on Tuesday after returning to training following a recent period out injured, and Guardiola suggested he wouldn't start at Villa Park.
He said: "Jack yesterday was the first minutes with the team, today will be tested to see if he can travel to Birmingham.
"Phil [Foden] and Jack are still in the same situation, maybe tomorrow they can play but not a lot of minutes. I don't know. We are in a difficult position because a lot of players play a lot of minutes. We are going to see after they train today and the rest we have just 14, 15, players."