Man City star says he ‘should be more selfish’ to improve statistics

Date published: Friday 15th April 2022 6:53 - Jason Soutar

Man City winger Jack Grealish during a training session

Man City playmaker Jack Grealish believes he needs to be more selfish to improve his goalscoring statistics.

The England international joined the Premier League champions from Aston Villa for a British-record £100m fee.

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Grealish has struggled to live up to his price tag, however. He has scored four and assisted three in 32 games across all competitions this term.

The 26-year-old is not phased by talk of him not scoring enough, insisting that he prefers the feeling of providing an assist.

“Obviously as an attacking player, you do want goals and assists,” he told BBC. “I know for one thing I should definitely have more assists.

“Goals – I think I need to get myself in goal scoring positions a little bit more but I know it’s not all about goals and assists. There are big games we’ve won and I feel like I’ve contributed.”

Asked if he gets frustrated when people only focus on his goal contribution statistics, Grealish responded: “A little bit but I can see why people say it. But it’s been so much different.

“I sat down with the manager and the analyst guys from City, they’ve showed me stats that you want to see as an attacking player that aren’t goals and assists – expected assists, passes in the final third, successful passes in the final third and stuff like this, where I’ve been quite successful in.

“I just need a few to fall my way and then they’ll come.”

When told that he’s top three in the Premier League for touches inside the box, Grealish insisted that he needs to add more ‘selfishness’ to his game if he wants to turn those touches into goals.

“I shoot way less than anyone,” he continued. “I’m not even sure why, the guys say it here. Like say if I score in training, the lads are like, ‘why don’t you shoot more?’

“I probably should become more selfish. But like I said I don’t really count myself as a selfish player. If someone’s in a better position I’m going to pass it to them.

“I actually love the feeling of having an assist – players coming over and thanking you for their goal. It’s just nice. Scoring is the best feeling in football, but I just love assisting.”

The former Aston Villa man also said that he is ‘not affected’ by his £100m price tag, but did admit to being “nervous” for his first Man City training session.

“The most nervous I’ve ever been, apart from that day [FA Cup semi-final against Liverpool in 2015], was my first session at City,” he explained.

“There was no one there, there weren’t like fans or anything, it was just the other players. Like going out to training, if I made a bad pass, they’d be thinking ‘a hundred million? He cant even control the ball!’

“I think even now, sometimes with the price tag and all, this doesn’t actually affect me at all I swear, it’s more or less trying to impress the manager because he’s such a big figure and trying to impress all these players I’m playing with, and wanting them to think I’m a good player.

“This is the business end now and hopefully I can help the team and chip in with goals and assists, because that’s what I’ve come here for.”

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