Jack Grealish believes Manchester City can win the treble this season but the ahead says he must improve his private aim and help tally given his British report £100m switch price.
City lead the Premier League after 17 video games, having gained their previous seven league matches. Only Manchester United – in 1999 – have claimed a treble of Premier League, Champions League and FA Cup. But earlier than Sunday’s journey to Newcastle, Grealish didn’t duck the query, saying: “I think so,” when requested if City might win all of it.
“I don’t want to put too much pressure on the team [but] we have so much talent here and so many good players,” Grealish stated. “I really think that we could go all the way in a few competitions this year. That is what I have come here for, to win trophies, so hopefully come the end of the season I will have a few medals around my neck.”
Grealish’s aim in Tuesday’s 7-0 rout of Leeds on the Etihad Stadium was solely his third for City since he moved from Aston Villa in August and the 26-year-old additionally has three assists in his 20 video games in all competitions. Such metrics matter as they could be a measure of participant’s influence, significantly when costing a excessive price. “I think they are important because that is what people look at – such as how many goal involvements us attackers have,” stated Grealish. “Especially when you come to a club with the price tag that I did. If you don’t get some [goals and assists] for a few games, then everyone starts to talk.
Jack Grealish’s header put Manchester City 2-0 up against Leeds on Tuesday. Photograph: Jon Super/AP
“They are important but there will be times where you are playing well and the goals and assists just aren’t coming. That is what I have felt like recently. In the Watford game the other day I could have scored about four or five and I came off the pitch with nothing. Even in the Leeds game, we scored seven goals as well and I only got one. I am just trying to keep improving all of the time and I know for a fact that the longer I am here the more I will improve.”
While Grealish is adamant his model stays he admits a have to dribble extra. “I wouldn’t say I have changed, and I don’t want to change the way I have played my whole career,” he stated. “That dribbling stat [that he was doing it less this season] is something I need to pick up on again and start doing because that is something I was doing the most when I was at Villa last year. But I don’t think you can read too much into stats like that. The main ones are the goals and the assists. They are the ones I am trying to work on the most.”
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Of that header in opposition to Leeds, his first such aim within the Premier League, Grealish stated: “I am working on [scoring goals] and we were actually doing it the day before in training at the end. Just crossing and finishing. I surprised myself with a few [headers] and I scored a few.
“I missed one at Watford. The ball had come in from a corner, I was free on my own in the middle of the box, but it went straight into the hands of the goalkeeper. To get myself on the scoresheet and to do it with a header, which I don’t do a lot of, it was perfect. It is something I feel like I can keep working with, especially being a winger and the way we play here as there are so many crosses that come into the box.”