Bernardo Silva has showered praise onto Man City attacker Jack Grealish, while advising him not to be solely focused on getting goals and assists.
Since the England international joined the Sky Blues for £100 million (BBC Sport), he has received a ton of stick for his dearth of end product.
While the former Aston Villa forward has only started 6 Premier League games this season due to injury and rotation, he has registered a mere 1 goal so far.
However, in his debut campaign at the Etihad Stadium as well, Grealish had only 3 league goals and 3 assists.
So far, it’s safe to say that the 27-year-old is yet to live up to the British record fee shelled out by City to sign him.
Silva raves about Grealish and offers valuable advice
Bernardo Silva, who is known to be pally with his fellow Man City teammate Jack Grealish praised him, whilst offering him a priceless piece of advice.
“I love Jack a lot as well, he’s a great guy”, he told the Evening Standard.
“The first season [at Manchester City] is never easy. It wasn’t easy for me. When I arrived, I didn’t play much and people that play at other clubs think one day if I play for Man City; 20 goals, 30 assists- it doesn’t work like that.”
“The way Jack works for the team, the way he attracts players to then create spaces for other players, he’s been helping us a lot, he’s improving a lot and I think he’s going to be great for Man City over the next few years.”
Bernardo is spot on about Grealish
After getting on the scoresheet against Wolves this season, Grealish admitted that he “should be” getting goals and assists (via the Athletic).
This was not the first instance in which the former Villa captain has been self-critical about his lack of end product at the club.
Back in March, Pep Guardiola said that if the Englishman is frustrated by his lack of goal contributions, he is “a stupid man” (via City Transfer Room), as his focus should be on his all-round displays.
Bernardo Silva is right in pointing out that Jack Grealish brings a lot to the side apart from goals and assists, and that to expect oneself to become an output machine at Man City is slightly unrealistic.