Kyle Walker has supported Jack Grealish to get well at Manchester City following his £ 100million transfer.
Grealish, 26, was thrown directly into the first team by Pep Guardiola and has started 12 of the season’s first 15 games in all tournaments, holding a firm place ahead of teammates Raheem Sterling and Riyad Mahrez. However, he has only two goals and three assists to his name on a team that has reaped some great goals, and his nationality and award means there will always be extra control.
Walker has faced it before, when his £ 45million transfer from Tottenham in 2017 was mocked by many experts, shortly before he became an integral part of a Pep Guardiola machine that won three Premier League titles in four years.
City’s right-back suggested Grealish needs time to thrive at the Etihad – as many Guardiola signings have done – but said his performance in training shows there is no doubt about his talent.
“We’ve all seen over the last few years what Jack can do,” he said.
“He has joined a new team with a new philosophy and different playing style and different players. People take time, people can react in different ways.
“The talent is there, he shows it day in and day out in training. I have been with him and had the pleasure of playing with him at an international level and the way he holds the ball, his dribbles, attracts defenders, makes and he’s great to watch and I can assure you it’s a nightmare for defenders.
“Let’s just give him time. He has not played badly, he has probably not quite reached the consistent levels he got at Aston Villa, but we are happy to share the burden here.”