It was only a brief cameo appearance from Jack Grealish yesterday but City’s £100 million man made an impression. Pep Guardiola needed his side to maintain possession in the late stages of yesterday’s 2-nil win over Everton. The City manager brought on Grealish who helped City maintain control of the game as they picked up a crucial Premier League win at the Etihad Stadium.
Pep Guardiola summoned City’s £100 million man in the 87th minute of yesterday’s win. With 10 minutes of extra time to play Grealish had a job to do for his team. The England international helped his team nullify any threat Sean Dyche’s side was looking to bring in the late stages of yesterday’s game.
While Grealish didn’t show any flashes of his undoubted brilliance during his cameo appearance there was a clear intent from the winger to make an impact. He was eager to get on the ball and help his team pick up a vital win. The treble winners are a better side when Grealish is at his best. Based on yesterday’s cameo appearance he appears determined to fight his back into Pep Guardiola’s lineup.
Speaking post-game Pep Guardiola had praise for the role Grealish played in the win. The City manager said: “The first half was not good, I would say Kyle and Kevin made an incredible contribution, Bernardo and Jack again – especially Jack to keep the ball.”
Pep Guardiola told the media pre-game how Jack Grealish could earn his spot back in Manchester City’s starting lineup. Based on his brief cameo appearance yesterday it seemed that the England international was listening to his manager.
If Grealish can return to his best he will add another layer to an already potent City lineup.