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Manchester City In Pole Position To Land This English Playmaker: What Will He Add To Pep’s Team?

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Abhinab Ghosh
A 26-year-old sports writer and an aspiring football coach who has road-tripped across the Scottish Highlands, but has never been to Wales. Sucker for cliff-hangers and catchy riffs. Known to be a grunger and not to be a stranger.

In a recent report, The Sun has revealed that Manchester City are in pole position to land Aston Villa playmaker Jack Grealish. It is believed that Pep Guardiola’s team have overtaken Manchester United in the race to secure the signature of the English attacker this summer (via The Sun).

Grealish’s Excellent Form At Villa Park This Season

Grealish has experienced another majestic season with the West Midlands club after producing some mesmerising displays on the left side of Dean Smith’s attack. The 25-year-old has been quite productive in the final third as he has registered seven goals and 12 assists in 23 matches for his boyhood club this term across various competitions.

The versatile wide player has caught the eye by averaging 2.1 shots, 3.4 key passes and 2.8 dribbles per game in this Premier League campaign. He has even been accurate when distributing possession in the opponent’s half because he has completed 83.2% of his attempted passes in the English first division (stats via whoscored).

However, Grealish has missed several important matches for the Villans recently due to a calf injury. However, he is inching closer towards a return from injury and could play an influential role for his side after the international break.

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What Will The England International Add To Pep Guardiola’s Team?

Grealish is a moderately paced attacker who can be a hard man to stop when he dribbling at full swing in and around the opposition penalty box. He has carried most of the creative and goal-scoring burden for the Villans over the past few seasons and has firmly established himself as one of the most feared wide players in Premier League football.

The three-time England international has shown great leadership to propel Aston Villa to be a realistic contender to challenge for European football next season. However, he is yet to taste success at the highest level, which could see the player seek a move elsewhere in search of silverware in the coming seasons.

Grealish has what it takes to be a real asset for Pep Guardiola’s side and could potentially form a dangerous attacking partnership with Kevin De Bruyne and Riyad Mahrez at the Etihad Stadium in the years to come. Furthermore, he will add some serious competition for Raheem Sterling and Phil Foden for a regular spot on the left flank that will benefit Man City in the long-run. All in all, the Villans captain will be a great signing for the Mancunian giants if they can find a way to get a deal over the line for him when the transfer window reopens later this year.

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