JACK GREALISH is “not a quick learner”, claims pundit Graeme Souness.
The Manchester City star left boyhood club Aston Villa for the Etihad in a £100million move 12 months ago.
But Souness, 69, doesn’t believe that he’s improved since joining up with Pep Guardiola and Co.
Speaking alongside fellow pundits in a debate for Sky Bet, Souness blasted: “He’s not a quick learner. All the top players are quick learners. Jack’s had a year and for me he’s not improved.”
Grealish‘s former Villa team-mate Micah Richards defended the attacking midfielder, claiming it is his price-tag that has earned him criticism, rather than his performances.
Souness hit back: “I have not mentioned his transfer fee.
“City have got some world-class players. I’m looking at what he gives in the 90 minutes.
“I don’t see any improvement at all in him. Top players are quick learners, Micah.”
Roy Keane then weighed in, claiming that the “penny has to drop” with the England international.
The Manchester United legend said: “We’ll try and give Jack the benefit of the doubt.
“He’s about 26-27 now, you’re thinking he should have gone to City and maybe adapted a bit quicker, but sometimes it can be difficult.
“He’s gone in and he’s not really had the run of games, he had one or two injuries earlier in the season.
“He would have been disappointed, even at the last game being left out against his old club Aston Villa, but they got over the line and you’d fully expect Jack to have adapted more to the demands of Man City and of Pep.
“I think Pep would have certainly been intense with him and maybe Jack wasn’t quite used to that.
“We’ve seen him being left out of big games for City, and Gareth (Southgate) has done the same with England, so the penny has to drop for Jack.
“You want to be a real top player, you’ve got to maybe step up to the plate a bit more and the manager has got to have a bit more trust in him.”
Grealish, 26, started 22 Premier League games last term – and ZERO in the Champions League knockout rounds.
He scored six goals and assisted four in all competitions – but he did get his hands on a Prem winners’ medal.
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