Jack Grealish has explained how having Erling Haaland has completely changed Manchester City’s game.
City completed arguably the transfer bargain of the century this summer when they snapped up Haaland for just £54million — a fee that the star striker is already well on the way to repaying after netting a remarkable 14 goals in his first nine games. The latest came against Wolves on Saturday when he showed he can even score from outside the box, leaving goalkeepers with even more to worry about.
Grealish also scored at Molineux, turning in the opener after just 55 seconds, and he has revealed what it’s like to play with Haaland.
“It changes all of our games compared to last season where we played with a false nine,” Grealish said. “This year, in my opinion, we have got the best striker in the world playing up front who is just obsessed with scoring goals and being in the box, which is a brilliant trait for a striker.
“I think it is down to us to put the balls in the box. I was just having a word with him then saying that ‘I didn’t even know you could score from outside the box!’ which he did today [Saturday].
“He is honestly a brilliant person to be around. I cannot speak highly enough of him, he is so humble for what he has achieved already in his career. It helps that he can constantly put the ball in the back of the net as well.”
Grealish also moved to give credit to Wolves for their display after they gave City some worries even when down to 10 men. He added: “They are a good team and I think they are a very underrated team.
“They have got brilliant players all over; Neves, Neto, players like this who can cause all sorts of problems and they certainly did at the start of the second half. That is down to us and I think we stood firm in the second half when things were quite tough and when we got the third goal I think it was game over.”