The Lowdown: Man City enjoy fine start to 2022/23…
Their influx of goals came partly thanks to marquee summer signing Erling Haaland, who himself has notched a quite astounding 12 goals and one assist in just seven matches across all competitions.
Pep Guardiola has an abundance of star quality at his disposal but the Spaniard has utilised every individual perfectly thus far, except the likes of club-record signing Grealish, who has started just one top-flight match.
Playing 135 league minutes in total, the England international’s recent injury is mostly to blame for that, but Hutton believes that it’s only a ‘matter of time’ before the 27-year-old is featuring every single week.
The Latest: Hutton makes promising Grealish claim…
Hutton said of the City playmaker: “I obviously know him personally, he’s got a great character and that won’t faze him. He believes in himself and, on his day, he’s just as good as any player within the league.
“It’s just about keeping fitness, he’s obviously had his problems with his calf and different things so fitness is a big thing. He’s just getting used to playing that Pep way. Obviously it was all new to him last season and I think he’s got a lot to give.
“Look, it won’t faze him, I think he’s a brilliant player and it’s just a matter of time.“
The Verdict: Give him time…
Grealish has already showcased his true ability at City in flashes, with Guardiola calling him the ‘perfect player‘ to break in between the lines.
This came after an ‘exceptional’ performance against Southampton earlier this year, and we believe that the only thing left is for the winger to live up to that billing on a more consistent basis.
The 27-year-old has all the potential in the world to thrive in this star-studded Sky Blues squad, and the only question is whether or not this is his breakthrough season.
Undroppable stars like Joao Cancelo and Rodri took one year to truly settle into Guardiola’s system; it could well be the same for Grealish.
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