Jack Grealish is hoping to strike back at his critics in the coming weeks starting in the Champions League tonight.
The England star has been identified as the missing piece of the puzzle to help Manchester City win the only trophy they’ve missed.
Grealish had expressed his desire to play Champions League football for years and finally made his dream come true against RB Leipzig in September.
The 6-3 victory – in which he scored – marked a sensational few months for the 26-year-old, who has become beloved across the country this summer.
But things haven’t gone so well for Grealish since, and reviews of his final product have escalated in recent weeks.
He is healing, but should be in good shape to face Paris Saint Germain in the elite European competition tonight and will want to start doing his best again.
Whatever happens for the rest of the season, Grealish will always know things could have been a lot different in his career.
The playmaker recently hilariously stated that he would enjoy the rays as a promoter in Ibiza or Tenerife if he wasn’t a footballer.
“I would bring everyone into the club,” Grealish, whose father is a plasterer, told The Times.
“I couldn’t be a plasterer, like my father,” he laughed. “I would be a club promoter. Tenerife. Or Ibiza.
City were quick to sign Grealish from childhood club Aston Villa after last summer’s Euros – splashing a UK transfer record of £ 100million in the process.
The move came just days after Lionel Messi said his tearful farewell to Barcelona ahead of his free transfer to Paris Saint-Germain.
And Grealish admitted to identifying with the legendary Argentinian after revealing his final day at Villa was emotional as well.
“Everyone saw how Messi was at his last press conference and that’s exactly how I felt myself,” he said.
“Before leaving the hotel I spoke to the team, the staff and the players and I myself ‘tore’ a bit, but I felt it was time for me to move on. something else.
“I always said I wanted to play Champions League football and I couldn’t do it at Villa this year.”
Grealish’s start to life at the Etihad was by no means mediocre, consistently making the Premier League champions’ starting XI and scoring twice.
He will want to improve as the season progresses and claim his first career silver piece.
And the former Notts County lender was in the mood to celebrate in August after a 5-0 win over Arsenal by joining Stormzy on the Leeds festival stage.
The couple know each other well and the musician has been seen wearing an English shirt with Grealish on the back during the Euros.
On top of that, Stormzy screamed at City No.10 on a remix of Yaw Tog’s song “Sore” earlier this year.
But Grealish may be fully deserving of his own song if he helps Pep Guardiola and co to the Champions League Promised Land this season …