Pep Guardiola has urged Jack Grealish to disregard his statistics and easily give attention to taking part in his greatest for Manchester Metropolis.
England midfielder Grealish has not dominated video games within the method he turned accustomed to at Aston Villa since his British report £100million transfer to Metropolis in the summertime.
The 26-year-old even admitted in an interview in December he had discovered the transition “harder” than he anticipated and thought he would “get extra assists and objectives”.
But Guardiola insists he has been pleased sufficient with Grealish’s performances and has instructed the participant to not fear about what numbers, or folks, are saying about him.
The Metropolis supervisor stated: “Perhaps he listened an excessive amount of to what the folks say and it’s fallacious.
“All the time we discuss concerning the statistics. Gamers right this moment play for the statistics, however that is the most important mistake they will do.
“Statistics are only a bit of knowledge that now we have, however there are gamers that make the crew play good and aren’t within the statistics.
“Gamers say, ‘What number of objectives (did) I rating or what number of assists’… that is the issue.
“These statistics by no means existed earlier than. It’s the way you play in case you carry out to your most, to your greatest, assist your team-mates to make the method defensively and offensively higher, that’s sufficient. Due to that we’re going to win.”
Grealish has not featured in Metropolis’s final 4 video games as a result of a shin drawback however was an unused substitute for Saturday’s Premier League victory at Everton.
He might return to motion as Metropolis journey to Championship backside aspect Peterborough within the FA Cup fifth spherical on Tuesday.
Grealish might have scored an underwhelming 4 objectives this season, however Guardiola has little question that can enhance.
“He performs fairly much like Aston Villa when it comes to ball contact,” stated Guardiola at a press convention.
“He had the probabilities towards Crystal Palace in 20 minutes to attain three objectives. It didn’t occur, but it surely’s going to occur.
“We didn’t purchase him to attain 45 objectives. He doesn’t have that high quality however he has one other one.
“He’s taking part in good, actually. I wouldn’t let you know if he’s not taking part in good, however that’s not the case.”