Man City news: Kevin de Bruyne has claimed that being an English player who plays in the Premier League plays a part in the constant scrutiny about Jack Grealish’s performance for the club.
Grealish has often been subject to intense criticism following his move to Manchester City from Aston Villa in the summer of 2021. The 27-year-old has often failed to live up to the lofty standards expected of him since joining Man City.
Grealish recently came in for criticism after he failed to impress during Man City’s 2-1 win over Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League. The England international also recently admitted he needs to start performing the way he did which earned him a move to Man City.
Grealish responded to the criticism on the pitch with a goal for Man City in their 3-0 win over Wolves in the Premier League. He scored Man City’s opener in the game, just one minute into the match, getting on the end of a delicious delivery from Kevin de Bruyne.
Man City News: Grealish Unfairly Treated Because He is English, Says Kevin de Bruyne
De Bruyne has insisted that Grealish has been unfairly treated because he is an English player. He noted that there is more focus on English players and that what they do outside of football also becomes news.
“Yes. It is not about football. Outside of football, the focus is more on them [England players]. I understand because they are English and people tend to look more [at] what is happening,” De Bruyne said.
He added: “I feel like foreign players, for instance, if you have a night out, we don’t really get checked that often. Whereas I feel if an English player goes out, it is always in the media somewhere. I think people are taking this on board also. What he does in the private life he does, nobody should care, but people do.”
He also said that things expected of Aston Villa – Grealish’s former side – and Man City are different. De Bruyne noted that Man City is expected to win every game while Aston Villa is not.
He added that Grealish has had to adapt to the change in standards and expectations.
Meanwhile, Grealish has so far featured in six games for Manchester City in the 22/23 season. He had gone without a goal or assist in his five games for the Premier League champions this season. However, he brought that drought to a close when he scored for them in their win over the Wolves.
Man City Have Had a Good Start to the 22/23 Season
Meanwhile, Man City have had a relatively good start to their 22/23 campaign. They sit second in the Premier League points table, only behind league leaders Arsenal.
Man City have 17 points from their first seven games in the Premier League. They are only one point short of Arsenal.