Liverpool icon Jamie Redknapp caught Jack Grealish looking ‘unhappy’ after the player was subbed off with just over 20 minutes remaining as Manchester City defeated Watford 3-1 on Saturday evening. Grealish played in a false nine role at Vicarage Road and Redknapp believes the position is ‘not ideal’ for the England international.
“I looked at his face when he came off and [he] looked unhappy,” admitted Redknapp on Sky Sports. “Maybe [he was] thinking there are goals in this for me.
“With that role, he might think it’s not ideal.”
Grealish missed a hatful of chances in the game, with the former Aston Villa man proving far from prolific in a City shirt.
The 26-year-old has found the back of the net just twice since making the move from the west Midlands.
And the attacker was clearly frustrated with his failure to get his name on the scoresheet at Vicarage Road.
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Grealish has been used to playing in a wider role for club and country and sealed his mega-money move to the Premier League champions thanks to his performances on the left side of the Villa attack.
And former England right-back Micah Richards thinks Grealish needs time to become familiar with a new role.
“I think Grealish was huffing and puffing in front of goal,” said Richards.
“But in terms of making something happen, yeah he can improve in front of goal.
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“But look at the space he is in. It works because you’ve got the runners of [Phil] Foden and [Raheem] Sterling running in behind.
“What’s good about it is the system. He’s good at drawing out spaces. But he’s so unlucky to not get a goal today.
“In terms of maturity of his game, I’ve seen a lot of it today. Grealish is used to playing in that left hand side.
“When you’re in that position as a striker the angles are not there. But he’ll get used to it. We know Grealish is about taking people on, but today we saw something more.”
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