Manchester City are closing on the signing of Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish but what should the Sky Blues expect from him next season?
According to Fabrizio Romano, Manchester City have signed Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish for a reported sum worth 100 million pounds. The player has signed a contract with the Sky Blues until 2026 and is expected to be announced as a new signing shortly.
Pep Guardiola has always held the England international in high regard and now he finally has him in his squad. However, Manchester City have a plethora of midfielders and forwards going into the 2021/22 season and the question arises on where does Grealish fit in Guardiola’s system next season?
The 25-year-old is a versatile player who can play either as a left-winger or as an attacking midfielder in the engine room. For the most part of his career, Jack Grealish has played higher up the field as a left-winger in a free roaming position with lesser defensive contributions.
At the Etihad Stadium, Raheem Sterling and Phil Foden have been Pep Guardiola’s preferred choices for the left-wing position. Grealish’s signing would mean that Guardiola would most likely move Foden to the midfield alongside Kevin De Bruyne, or use him as a false nine and let Sterling compete with the 25-year-old for a place on the left flank.
Another option that could be considered would be playing the 100-million-pound signing as an attacking midfielder alongside De Bruyne. In that case, Phil Foden would most likely compete for a spot with the former Liverpool forward for the left-wing position while Grealish and the Belgian international play as attacking midfielders.
Either way, Pep Guardiola has signed one of the most sought after players in the Premier League and his impact next season will be instrumental in guiding Manchester City to success. Jack Grealish’s style of play mainly relies on his ability to beat defenders in tight spaces, draw out players from their positions. He is also creative while setting up teammates for goal-scoring opportunities and is quite a threat in the final third.
It will be interesting to see where the 25-year-old plays next season at City which will greatly have an effect on his impact on the team. His signing could also influence the futures of several other players such as Bernardo Silva at the club.
He would most likely start either in the midfield or the left-wing, however, Guardiola could even experiment playing Grealish on the right. The Catalan coach has a reputation for converting players from their natural positions into completely opposite roles, with notable examples including Oleksandr Zinchenko who played as a left-back for a major part while being a midfielder.
Where would you want to see the England international play next season at Etihad Stadium?