Jack Grealish insists he’s happy with the label of England’s first £100m player before he is named in Gareth Southgate’s starting XI against Hungary… with Roy Keane believing he will improve at Manchester City ‘unless he’s brain-dead!’
Jack Grealish says he is more than happy with the pressure of being England’s first £100m player following his summer move to Manchester City from Aston Villa.
Grealish, who started in Gareth Southgate’s England XI for the World Cup qualifier against Hungary tonight, sealed the big-money transfer following impressive cameos for his country at Euro 2020 and a stellar season at Villa Park.
Now, in a season where he plays European club football for the first time and hopes to be a regular with his country, Grealish is thriving amid the pressure of a huge price-tag.
Jack Grealish is more than happy with the pressure of being England’s first £100m player
Grealish impressed for England at Euro 2020 and is looking to become a starting XI regular
‘I think it sounds good,’ he said, speaking to ITV, when asked about being England’s first £100m player.
‘I’m happy with it, I like it. It’s something to be proud of really isn’t it. For City to have spent that sort of money (£100 million) on me shows how highly they value me.’
Former Manchester United captain Roy Keane insists there is ‘way more to come’ from Grealish at the age of just 25.
‘Unless the lad’s brain-dead, he’ll become way better [at City],’ Keane said in ITV’s pre-match build-up.
‘Way more to come with Jack. He’s learning. He needs to improve – discipline, end product, goals – but he’s got the perfect manager to do that.’
Former Manchester United captain Roy Keane insists there is ‘way more to come’ from Grealish
Grealish is England’s most expensive footballer following his big-money summer move
Ex-Three Lions forward Ian Wright added: ‘The fact he’s gone there shows that he wants to add to his game.
‘Gareth will trust him more in the decision he makes. Will that take away from the Jack Grealish we know now?
‘It’s going to be an interesting one to watch – the ability he has in the final third is what we really want to see him do for England.’