Jack Grealish has admitted critics were right to lament his recent form in front of goal after finally scoring his first of the season against Wolves.
The England international was heavily criticised following a rather poor start to the season, compounded by a particularly poor performance against Borussia Dortmund in midweek, but quickly got on the scoresheet on Saturday in Man City’s 3-0 win over Wolves.
Speaking to BT Sport after the game, Grealish gave a refreshingly honest assessment of his recent performances.
He said: “It was a long time coming. I haven’t scored since…well I don’t know when it was…since the West Ham game at the back end of last season so it was just nice to get off of the mark for this season and to do it so early and obviously to get the three points at a difficult place to come against a top, top team as well.
“I think they are so underrated, this Wolves team, and they’ve shown it at points in the second half so it’s a great result for us.”
When asked about the discussions regarding his recent form, Grealish replied: “I think rightly so. I should be scoring more, I should be getting more assists, but yeah, the only thing I can do is to score and get assists.
“Obviously I’m always going to have people talking about me because of the amount I got bought for, but if you look at my whole career I probably haven’t scored as much as certain people. Even when I was at Aston Villa I think I only scored 14 or 15 goals over the two seasons in the Premier League. It’s something that I do want to add to my game and playing with this team, and in front of these fans, hopefully I can.
“You know, obviously it’s nice [to have Pep Guardiola defend Grealish’s form]. He’s been brilliant with me and I probably have to thank him because he gave me the opportunity today after my performance on Wednesday which wasn’t the best at all. Hopefully I repaid him.”