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Grealish: Left-wing form earned my City move

Jack Grealish believes it was his performances on the left-wing that secured his move to the Premier League champions last summer – and it is one of two positions where he can make the most impact.

The England international is in his second season at the Etihad Stadium having joined from Aston Villa in the summer of 2021.

He has played on the left of the front three in each of his five appearances for City so far this season, helping Pep Guardiola’s side to an unbeaten start in both the Premier League and Champions League.

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The 27-year-old considers the role he has recently occupied in the side as one of two where he is at his best creatively.

“What got me the move here was playing on the left-wing,” he said.

“There were times last season where I played as a false nine, I played as a number eight sometimes where Bernardo, Gundo[gan] and Kev [De Bruyne] play.

“I like that position as well and I played there in the past for Villa. I think if you play in that position at City then you see a lot of the ball so I would say the left-wing or a number eight [is his preferred position].

“The attacking players such as me, Erling [Haaland], Phil [Foden], Julian [Alvarez] and Riyad [Mahrez], I think we can all play in different positions.

“I think the three up front is what the manager seems to change the most whether it be the defenders or the midfielders, I think the attackers are the ones he rotates a lot.”

“Not everyone is going to play every single game, we have so much talent up front, but when you are given that chance you have to grab it with both hands and that is what I will try and do.”

Grealish is yet to score this season but as Pep Guardiola said in his pre-match press conference, that is not something that should concern City fans.

He appeared to be at the forefront of Guardiola’s plans when the new campaign kicked off until an ankle injury curtailed his early progress.

City return to action on Saturday with a trip to Wolves, who will be looking to back up the 1-0 win over Southampton in their last match.

Now, having been back in from the start for our last two fixtures, Grealish is looking to kick on in a crucial period before the six week interval for the World Cup.

“I started quite well in pre-season, started the first game of the season which we won away at West Ham. In the second game I obviously got injured and I have been injured since last week. I have come back and played a few Champions League games.

“I felt like I could have done better in both of them, but I am still trying to catch up on my fitness. I have been injured for a fair bit at the start of the season which wasn’t ideal, but now I am just looking forward, trying to get fit and trying to get my form back.

“Last year I was settling in, but now I want to start performing the way that got me the move here. I did at times last season, maybe not consistent enough and that is something I can improve on this year and hopefully that pays off.”

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