He talks with the same swagger and confidence with which he plays and, while there is inevitably going to be plenty of discussion around how Pep Guardiola best plans to utilise him, Grealish believes there is less prospect of opponents ganging up on him than at Villa and that, in turn, could spell extra trouble for defences.
“Sometimes at Villa I would get doubled up,” he said. “Here it would be more difficult because there’s so much talent all over the pitch that it might be harder for teams to double up on me, which will give me more space and freedom to attack players one v one.”
Grealish said Guardiola had told him he could play “in a number of positions” and admitted that just a few training sessions under the City manager had already been an eye-opener.
“I think I’m different to every player in this squad,” he said. “Raheem [Sterling] is a winger that likes to run in behind, Riyad [Mahrez] is an out and out dribbler, Phil [Foden] has a bit of everything. I feel like I can bring a lot to the team. That’s what the manager has brought me here for.
“He’s said I can play in a number of positions. Whether I’m a winger or an 8 or a 10 or even a false nine, I feel I can bring a lot. When I watch City there’s so much attacking talent that can do everything. They’re changing positions constantly, which is obviously difficult for defenders.
“Even the few days I’ve been here, the manager’s only had two sessions with myself but it’s just crazy to see him work the way he does. It’s no surprise why he’s been so successful in his whole career because some of the tactics he has are out of this world. I wouldn’t even think of it but when you start working with him you see why he is as successful as he is.
“You’ve seen what he’s done with players here, the likes of Raheem and Phil especially. I think a few years back people were saying about Phil going on loan but he kept him around and has transformed him easily into one of the best talents in the world. Everyone knows what he’s done with Raheem who is one of the best wingers in the world as well now. I feel like he can take my game to the next level.”