'6 out of 10': Ally McCoist says Manchester City star was only average last season, expects improvement this year
The 26-year-old started in City’s Community Shield tie against Liverpool on Saturday but made little impact on the game and was slammed by TalkSPORT’s Tony Cascarino in the aftermath.
Cascarino said the England international needs to improve and justify the £100m fee City paid for him (BBC) or he’ll be loaned out after this season.
McCoist expects Grealish improvement this year
In response to Cascarino’s comments, McCoist said Grealish will ‘definitely’ improve under Pep Guardiola this season after average performances last time out.
“I think Jack’s season, Jack’s performances since his transfer from Villa, have been ok. Cass (Tony Cascarino) is right, maybe about six out of ten,” he said.
“He’s won his first title. I expect there to be an improvement in the level of Jack’s performances and in the consistency of Jack’s performances. I think that’s what Cass is talking about and I think he’ll get it, I really do.
“I hear what he’s (Cascarino) saying. You have to compete and play at a very, very high level to be anywhere near that Manchester City team. Jack’s more than capable of it. I think last season he did ok.
“Is there improvement in Jack Grealish? You better believe there is. Would I expect to see it this year? Definitely.”
McCoist thinks the England man has struggled since the move due to not being the focal point of the City team like he was at Villa.
He added: “He’s gone from being a big fish in a small pool to being a small fish in a big pool, it’s as simple as that. That’s nothing against Aston Villa, it’s because he was relied upon by the majority, if not all, of his team mates at Villa.
“Whereas he’s just become another top-class player at Manchester City. They’ve got guys like Silva and Foden and Haaland, all these kinds of boys that can create and make chances and take chances.
“So, as I say I think it’s certainly been a satisfactory period for Jack Grealish since the move to Manchester City. But I agree with Cass. Is there improvement in him? Yes. Will I expect to see it this season? Definitely.”
TBR’s View: Grealish will need to put in better displays this season
There’s certainly room for improvement in Grealish’s displays for City so far as he managed six goals and four assists for the Citizens last season.
It was a drop-off from his numbers at Villa the year before as he scored seven goals and assisted 12 times in less games for the Midlands club.
But it can take players a bit of time to adjust to Guardiola’s system and Joao Cancelo is a prime example of that as he made a slow start to his City career.
Grealish will be hoping to get used to Guardiola’s demands and push on this season, especially after the club have sold Gabriel Jesus and Raheem Sterling, as he now faces less competition for a place in the starting eleven.
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