Man United legend Roy Keane defends Jack Grealish but says ‘the penny has to fall’ but Graeme Souness thinks Man City star ‘not a quick learner’ and ‘takes too many touches’


Roy Keane has backed Jack Grealish to improve after a difficult first season at Manchester City, but Graeme Souness thinks it may be too late.

The Premier League record signing had a tricky debut campaign at the Etihad, managing just three goals and three assists in the 22 games he started.

Grealish is working hard as he hopes to improve after his debut season
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Man United legend Roy Keane defends Jack Grealish but says 'the penny has to fall' but Graeme Souness thinks Man City star 'not a quick learner' and 'takes too many touches'
And Keane thinks it’s still too early to judge
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The £100million man admitted his struggles after leaving boyhood club Aston Villa last summer, and former Villa assistant Keane also expected more from the striker.

However, he believes that is far from the end of the story with the Man United legend sympathizing with Grealish’s lack of playing time.

“We’ll try to give Jack the benefit of the doubt,” he said. “We were talking about his age earlier, he’s between 26 and 27 now.

“We think maybe he should have gone to City and maybe adapted a bit quicker, but sometimes it can be difficult.

“He came in and didn’t really have the run of games, he had an injury or two earlier in the season, he would have been disappointed even in the last game left out against his former club Aston Villa but they have crossed the line.

“You would expect Jack to have adapted more to the demands of Man City and Pep [Guardiola]I think Pep certainly would have been intense with him and maybe Jack wasn’t quite used to that.

Man United legend Roy Keane defends Jack Grealish but says 'the penny has to fall' but Graeme Souness thinks Man City star 'not a quick learner' and 'takes too many touches'
Souness isn’t so sure Grealish will improve
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“We saw him being left out of big games for City and Gareth [Southgate] did the same with England.

“The penny has to fall with Jack, if you want to be a real top player you have to level up a bit and the manager has to have a bit of confidence with him.

“Again fine lines, with Jack, an attacking player, we saw Jack in the Real Madrid game, he had one or two chances.

“But that will define a player, those moments, can you put the ball in the back of the net and take your team to the final? And that’s where Jack just missed, but I wouldn’t write him off just yet.

Man United legend Roy Keane defends Jack Grealish but says 'the penny has to fall' but Graeme Souness thinks Man City star 'not a quick learner' and 'takes too many touches'
Keane thinks Grealish still has time to improve
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Keane’s fellow expert disagreed, however, citing Grealish’s age as an issue.

He explained: “I’m not sure, I think Jack is 26-27 in September 27, not 21-27.

“That’s how I was brought up, ‘too many touches son’, if you take too many touches you don’t see the picture fast enough, I think that would be Jack’s story.

“The most fouled player in the league, two years in a row when he was at Villa, again not a good sign for me.

“I’ll put it another way, he doesn’t learn fast, all the best players learn fast, Jack had a year and for me he hasn’t improved.”

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