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Guardiola Challenges £100m Star to Improve or Stay on the Bench

Jack Grealish now faces a daunting task as Pep Guardiola says his performance levels are the only factors that determine whether or not he gets back into Manchester City’s starting lineup.

Even though Grealish played a significant part in City’s historic season in which they won the Treble last year, his lack of playing time this season has raised questions about his place in Guardiola’s plans.

Grealish’s decreased playing time, Guardiola candidly said, is a reflection of the midfielder’s form rather than the result of a tactical adjustment or a change of management viewpoint.

Guardiola told the BBC, “He is the same player, he has the same manager, and the way we play has not changed.” The manner he has performed is all that matters. That’s the distinction.”

Grealish’s contribution this season has been notably limited in the Premier League, with only a fraction of his appearances coming in England’s top-flight league.

His last starting role in a league match was in December against Sheffield United, a game from which he was substituted early in the second half. This situation has led to speculation about his future in crucial matches, including the upcoming FA Cup tie.

Guardiola’s philosophy leaves no room for easing players into form, emphasizing the importance of immediate impact.

“I cannot give players three or four games to get their rhythm,” he stated, underscoring the competitive nature of his squad and the high standards expected at City. This approach has placed Grealish in a position where he must swiftly reclaim his best form to regain his spot on the team.

Despite the tough love, Guardiola acknowledges Grealish’s unique qualities and the importance of his eventual resurgence for the team’s success. “I said from day one, we need him,” Guardiola affirmed, expressing hope for a strong finish to the season from the England international.

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