Jack Grealish feels he “could have done better” during his first season at Manchester City.
The attacker joined City last summer from Aston Villa in a £100 million move, but has struggled to produce goals and assists, scoring only twice in 23 Premier League appearances this season.
Speaking to beIN Sports, Grealish admitted that leaving “all I’d ever known” at Aston Villa presented more of a challenge than he had envisaged.
The 26-year-old said: “I feel like I could have done better, obviously. I’ve said that a lot of times. I feel I could have scored more, assisted more, and had more of an impact on certain games.
“But one thing I’ve realised this year is that even when players have gone for big transfer fees, or have done well and moved to a new club, I’ve watched them and thought ‘How can you struggle? It’s just football’.
“When I’ve done it myself now, I’ve realised there’s much more to it than just 90 minutes on a football pitch once or twice a week.
“There’s adapting to a new changing room, to a new manager, to a new staff, to a while new training ground, to a whole new city. For me, all I’d ever known was being at Aston Villa, and being around my family.
“It’s been different, it’s been difficult, but I knew that it wouldn’t be the same. I knew that I’d have to try and step out of my comfort zone a little bit. It’s probably been more than I thought it would.”
Despite not contributing on the scoresheet, Grealish has still been an important part of Pep Guardiola’s attacking rotation, helping City to pole position in this season’s title race.
He came off the bench in Wednesday evening’s late defeat to Real Madrid in the Champions League semi-final, concluding his first season of European competition.
City face Newcastle United on Sunday afternoon with the opportunity to earn a three point lead over Liverpool at the top of the Premier League table.
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