By Alan Hutton

10th Sep, 2022 | 8:30am

Pundit issues emphatic Jack Grealish axe claim after Man City development

Alan Hutton has suggested it’s “a matter of time” before Jack Grealish becomes a regular in the Man City starting XI.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Tottenham and Aston Villa right-back said Grealish is still getting used to “playing the Pep way”.

The 26-year-old was in the starting lineup for City’s 4-0 Champions League group stage win over Sevilla on Tuesday (6 September).

The forward played 60 minutes of the European clash.

Grealish has made just two appearances in the Premier League for Pep Guardiola’s side this season.

The England international has been sidelined after picking up an injury in the Cityzens’ 4-0 win over Bournemouth (13 August).

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When asked if Grealish will struggle to get back into City’s starting XI, Hutton told Football Insider: “Of course.

They’re one of the best teams out there, it’s going to be difficult. I obviously know him personally, he’s got a great character and that won’t phase him. He believes in himself and, on his day, he’s just as good as any player within the league.

It’s just about keeping fitness, he’s obviously had his problems with his calf and different things so fitness is a big thing. He’s just getting used to playing that Pep way. Obviously it was all new to him last season and I think he’s got a lot to give.

Look, it won’t phase him, I think he’s a brilliant player and it’s just a matter of time.

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