Grealish has struggled with form and injuries so far this season and has come in for criticism from some pundits for his performances. However, the England international opened his account for the campaign against Tottenham and laid down his own marker after replacing Doku on the left flank with 38 minutes to play.
Lineker was asked about 100million man Grealish by former City defender Micah Richards on the Stick to Football podcast in a role reversal for the pundits. He said: “Doku&aposs a handful, that&aposs for sure, but that goal will do Jack a lot of good for his confidence and it was a brilliant slide for the camera!
“You have to forget about the price tag. You&aposre worth what someone is prepared to pay for you.
“Overall he&aposs terrific. He keeps the ball and under certain circumstances he&aposs the perfect player to have, particularly when you&aposve got a lead probably going into the last 10 or 15 minutes.
“He can keep the ball and he wins them free-kicks. He makes a lot of the right decisions.
“I think possibly the one thing missing in his game that stops elevating him to the very, very pinnacle is a slight lack of pace. Sometimes he beats players and can&apost necessarily get away from them.”
Lineker continued: “When you have got 10 men behind the ball and teams doubling up on you, it&aposs really difficult to break through unless you&aposve got that burst of pace like Doku&aposs got. But Jack&aposs got different strengths and I think he&aposs an integral part of Manchester City&aposs squad.
“It&aposs just that little tiny burst of pace… That&aposs not something you can change.
“His decision-making, his crossing and the way he maintains the ball under a lot of pressure. He wins a lot of free-kicks and people sometimes say that&aposs all he does.
“But that&aposs part of his job as a forward, winning fouls in dangerous situations. I don&apost think there&aposs a lot wrong with Jack&aposs game, there&aposs nothing wrong with Jack&aposs game.