talkSPORT hosts Simon Jordan and Danny Murphy have defended Jack Grealish’s post-season partying, but advised the Manchester City forward to be smarter in the future.
The City winger and fellow England international Declan Rice hit the headlines for their big night out stateside which saw the former appearing worse for wear.
It’s not the first time the Premier League’s record signing has been in trouble for off-field activities, having been banned from driving for nine months in 2020 after colliding with parked cars during lockdown.
Grealish was adored by the England faithful during Euro 2020 last year, and in Jordan’s view, the only judgment that matters is that of his manager.
He said: “Do we believe that him going and letting off steam in a ‘gotcha’ mentality is sensible? Because it gives a backlash and allows people to make stories out of Grealish’s activities in the post-season?
“Yeah, because so what? Is he not allowed to go out and have a breather because we have a ‘gotcha press’? Why do we have a problem with this?
“I have a problem with Jack Grealish because I think he’s a moron at times but why would anyone think he’s a Mensa candidate?
“Are we talking about it stopping him from being a top class footballer? Because Pep Guardiola will determine that.
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“Pep Guardiola will evaluate if this boy’s seriousness to play for the elite club in English football is going to be affected by him having a blowout on a three week break.
“I’ve been very hard on Jack Grealish but I think this is an utter irrelevance.”
Giving the footballers’ view on the matter, former Liverpool midfielder Murphy feels sorry for players in a social media age, and Grealish now has to be careful as events pile up.
“It’s hard for me to compare,” he said.
“No I did not [behave myself] but we didnt have the social media that we’ve got now so it’s hard to be critical of Jack.
“He has made a rod for his own back, and he has become a target. He’s got himself in some situations that he shouldn’t but you’ve got to overcome them and then get on with things and prove yourself to be better.
“But once you’ve had a couple of misdemeanors and problems that have been well documented you’ve got to keep your head down and out of the firing line.
“Even the end of the season stuff when it looks like you’re more done than anyone else and you start saying silly things.”
City actually travel to the States for their pre-season fixtures, beginning on 20 July against Club America in Texas before they play Bayern Munich on 24 July.
They then fly back for the Community Shield on 31 July against Liverpool for the traditional Premier League curtain raiser.
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