Jack Grealish won’t have to get even better to succeed at Manchester City, he will just have to continue his fine form on a bigger stage.
That’s according to ex-City defender Joleon Lescott, who believes the addition of Grealish is a great signing for the club.
The Blues brought their withering transfer window back to life last week when they officially confirmed the capture of the former Aston Villa captain in a British record transfer.
City splashed an eye-watering £100million to bring the talented playmaker to the Etihad, but that has put a lot of pressure on his shoulders to succeed.
Lescott, who was Grealish’s teammate for a year at Villa Park in 2015-16, could tell he was bound for the top of the game just from training alongside him.
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“Yeah definitely,” the former centre-back told the Manchester Evening News when asked if he knew Grealish was destined for greatness.
“You could see the talent it was just about how he was going to harness that and propel himself forwards.
“The things I’ve seen him do in the last couple of seasons haven’t surprised me and again going forward it wouldn’t surprise me if he’s able to emulate them for Man City and I think that’s what we could all realise: Jack doesn’t need to do anything more than what he’s done, he just now needs to do it at a bigger club and, with the greatest respects to Aston Villa, on a bigger stage in regards to the Champions League.
“The way he contributed to Villa, if he’s able to contribute to City like that, then he will be successful – and they will, more importantly.”
Grealish’s move to City creates the possibility of some tantalising combinations in attack with the likes of Kevin De Bruyne, Phil Foden and Raheem Sterling – and Lescott is excited to see him link up with everyone at the club.
When asked who he was most looking forward to seeing Grealish play alongside, he said: “All of them, to be fair, I know a few of the players there and the thing that is visible when you watch Jack and you speak to him is his passion for the game.
“I’m not going to sit here and say he loves the game more than any other player but I think it’s more visible and I think that is why he was a fan favourite at the Euros and while at Villa.
“I think that will change now, I don’t think every fan will particularly want Jack to do well because he’s at a top team and those things change when you move to the top tier of the game.”
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