Pep Guardiola hints at playing new Manchester City star Jack Grealish in new position, after Villa exit
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Pep Guardiola hints at playing new Manchester City star Jack Grealish in new position, after Villa exit

Pep Guardiola has told his Friday press conference – which has been quoted by the MEN – that he could play Jack Grealish in a different position. Manchester City announced the £100million signing of Jack Grealish from Aston Villa on Thursday. Guardiola thinks he could play as a striker.

It has been a move that has been touted for much of the summer. Grealish and Tottenham star Harry Kane are City’s top two targets – and England skipper Kane could still join City. Grealish, though, is over the line at City and will wear the number 10 shirt – penning a five-year deal at The Etihad.

Guardiola held a press conference on Friday and spoke to the media about his newest attacking weapon in Grealish. He was simply asked what does he think of the new City ace. Guardiola responded by suggesting he could play in numerous positions. One of those was, surprisingly, up top.

“He can play up front, mainly in the left side area but can play as a winger, as an attacking mdifielde,r as a striker. Many positions. I don’t have any doubts that he will suit good with the way we play and his desire to be an exceptional player and even better than he already is,” Guardiola said.

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Grealish joins Manchester City: Does Guardiola claim mean no Kane?

Potentially. Guardiola is already renowned for playing sides that do not feature a striker. Last season, he used Ilkay Gundogan up top and of course – he has Brazil international Gabriel Jesus at his disposal. Raheem Sterling and Phil Foden have been used as false nines at times.

So, the fact Guardiola is of the opinion that City have brought in another player that can play up top – even though he has not done so at Villa – is interesting. Does it mean City might not go in for Kane? Time will tell, but Guardiola seems to think he has options when it comes to strikers.

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