Former City defender believes Premier League champions’ failed bid for Harry Kane will not cost Pep Guardiola’s side this season
According to former Blues defender Joleon Lescott, Jack Grealish will justify his transfer fee of £ 100 million ($ 139 million) by sacking Manchester City in honor of the Champions League.
And Lescott believes City’s failed bid for Harry Kane will not hamper Pep Guardiola’s squad in their quest for local and European honors this season.
Grealish became the most expensive English player in history when he moved from Aston Villa to the Etihad in August, but City could not follow up the signing with that of Kane, with Tottenham refusing to compete with the Premier League champions over the club. English captain to negotiate.
What was said?
Lescott, who has won two Premier League titles during his five years at City, also played with Grealish during a stint at Villa, believing the 26-year-old has the pressure and expectation associated with such a high prize, will forget.
He told Purpose: “I think he will enjoy it. I think he wants that extra pressure, the kind of investigation in which he is undergoing and the realistic goals that are set for him. He will embrace everything that is at a top club.
‘He knows he has to make a contribution in terms of goals and assists, but it’s important that we acknowledge that it’s not all up to him. We should not analyze Jack’s individual performances throughout the season; it’s about what the team does. Therefore, he joined to win things and to compete for big trophies.
So if we look back, let’s look at how many teams win trophies. And if he wins the Champions League while at City, then firstly it justifies his decision to go there, and secondly it means that transfer money will be well spent. ”
“The love of the country will disappear in City!”
Lescott spoke passionately about the Grealish he encountered at Villa, and took note of the improvements he has made since then in terms of professionalism and dedication.
But he issued a warning to the English international and warned that the love he felt from the public during Euro 2020 would disappear after joining one of the biggest clubs in the country.
“He’s a confident boy, but there’s no arrogance,” Lescott said. ‘He’s contagious, the enthusiasm for the game is there for everyone, he wants to do well. You can only see that he cares.
‘I would compare him to someone like Phil Foden, they have the same mentality. They just want to play football, they just want a ball at their feet. And Jack is aware that he has a great ability, and that means there is a pressure on him to deliver and influence the outcome of matches.
‘He’s probably someone who was unprepared for the love of the country for him, to be honest. You could see that he was one of the favorites of the fans at the Euros with England, but that will all change after he went to Man City!
‘I do not think every English fan will be so eager to see him play and it’s going well now. He knows it, he knows it will change, but I think he will enjoy the new kind of challenge a lot. ”
‘Kane was not a necessity’
City, of course, would have followed the summer of Grealish’s takeover with another if they got their way.
But after missing Kane and seeing Cristiano Ronaldo join his rivals at Manchester United, the Guardiola team brought the specialist center-backs to light after the departure of club legend Sergio Aguero.
However, Lescott is not worried about the lack of a world-class number nine.
“I do not think there was any confidence in getting Kane for sure,” he insisted. ‘Look, he’s improving the team and the team 100%, because he’s a world – class player, just like Ronaldo is and would have. But I do not think everything depends on him.
“They clearly realized they needed a forward, so Grealish came in. But as for the number nine, I do not think it was necessary.
‘Looking back at last season, City were just one game away from home rule and winning the Champions League, and they have added Grealish since then, so they are not really a weak team!
“They are definitely as strong as ever. Yes, they lost quality in Sergio, but they added quality in Jack. And the style of play that Pep has adopted over the past 18 months means that there is less emphasis on specific positions. He wants ‘forwards’, rather than wings and midfielders.
“He realizes that they always have a lot of ball, in every game they play, so what they need are players who can take the ball in tight areas, pass, play combinations and pass players when they need it. in the final. third.
“Jack definitely fits into the form, and if you add him to what’s already there, the team looks as strong, if not even stronger, than in previous years.”
He added: ‘As for the Champions League, they will always be one of the favorites, but this is probably the first year in a while where they are not THE favorites.
‘I think Chelsea are probably above them this year because of what happened last season and if you look at PSG [Lionel] Messi, Neymar and [Kylian] Mbappe should surely make you the favorite for any trophy, right? ”
BT Sport is the exclusive home of UEFA Champions League football. Watch every match of the 2021/22 competition live on TV, online and on the BT Sport app. Visit btsport.com for more information