Ferdinand tips Man City ace Grealish to "bang" despite Erling Haaland arrival

Jack Grealish will recover from his difficult debut season at Manchester City and “bang” next year, according to Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand.

While his first campaign under Pep Guardiola concluded with him celebrating a dramatic Premier League title victory, the England international has struggled to assert himself on the Citizens. He contributed three goals and three assists in 26 Premier League appearances, since his £100million record breaking move from Aston Villa.

And with the arrival of Erling Haaland guaranteed to add even greater competition to a side already stockpiled with elite players, Grealish could see his opportunities scuppered even more. However, Ferdinand believes the former Aston Villa captain will have learned plenty from this campaign and will “bang” next season.

“He’ll bang next season, Jack Grealish will bang next season,” Ferdinand said to the Vibe with Five podcast. “This has been a hard season for him.

“Don’t forget, he’s gone from being the absolute poster boy at Villa, where he could do no wrong to now being a £100million player in a pressurised situation. He has played a lot of games you know?

“Recently, he’s been out of the team, but for most of the season he has been starting games. His impact has not been what it was previously, so he had had to deal with that.

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“For a player like him who will have an ego, who will want to be the main man, who thrives under that type of pressure and spotlight, hasn’t had it, and he’s had to deal with it.” Grealish has played many positions for the Citizens, including but not limited to the left wing, central midfield, and as a so called ‘false nine’.

And Ferdinand also added that he found out first hand how much Grealish has had to learn from the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich manager. “I spoke to him on the pitch before the Real Madrid game,” Ferdinand added.

“He said ‘there is so much more to think about going into a team that’s prepared by Pep Guardiola than anything I’ve known’. You give him a year of that, now he probably has a better understanding of it, that’s why I think, next season, we will see the Jack Grealish we know he can be.”

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