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Morrison: Grealish can become a City great

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Jack Grealish has an opportunity to become a legend at City under the guidance of Pep Guardiola, says former skipper Andy Morrison.

Our new No. 10 made his debut for the Club in Saturday’s Community Shield defeat to Leicester, coming off the bench for the final 25 minutes to thunderous applause from the travelling City supporters.

While Grealish wasn’t able to make a decisive contribution during his late cameo, Morrison feels there were signs on show that the midfielder will go from strength to strength at City.

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Speaking on Saturday’s edition of Matchday Live, our former defender said of Jack: "I think he’s an incredible talent (but) there is definitely another level to go.

“Under Pep I think he will go up another level and become one of the greats.

"He has the ability and understanding of the game to get the ball in deep areas and get the team out of trouble. I really believe there is growth to be made here.

“He will need to understand how City do things. He carries the ball, City don’t really carry the ball until the final moments, so maybe some things there to learn (but) it is an incredible signing.

“You smile when he gets the ball. Everyone sits up when he receives the ball.

“He will certainly keep doing that. He was positive and it was a nice cameo. It was just a shame the result didn’t go our way.”

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Former City forward Paul Dickov watched on from Wembley Stadium, providing his expert analysis throughout proceedings as Kelechi Iheanacho’s late penalty earned Leicester a 1-0 win.

But Dickov’s spirits weren’t too dampened by the defeat, with our 1999 play-off final hero sharing his former teammates Morrison’s excitement surrounding Grealish’s late cameo.

“I’m buzzing. For me over the last couple of season’s he has been one of the most exciting players in the Premier League,” he said of securing our new No. 10’s signature.

“He’s already up there as one of the best in the world. Under Pep I truly believe he is only going to get better - which is scary for everyone else!

“It’s his versatility as well. He can play anywhere across the front 3 and in midfield too.

“I think we will see an even better Grealish at City. He has so many world class players around him it will take his game up to another level.

“Of course he will fit in, he’s a world class player within a world class team. He has a fantastic knowledge of the game too.”

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