How Jack Grealish went from meh man to a main man at Manchester City
It is safe to assume that Jack Grealish got involved and helped to drink all the alcohol in Manchester, as Pep Guardiola had it, after Citys latest Premier League title coronation last month. Of course, he did. Grealish is not, to borrow one of his good-natured jibes, Erling Haaland sitting in his ice bath. He loves a night out and is happy to say so. It is a part of his Jack the lad appeal.
With Grealish, there is the sense that he is never more than a few beers from a major PR incident. He is a danger man on and off the pitch and, again, it seems to be why people see him and smile even when, at times, they know they should not.
Rewind to May 2022, to Citys previous title triumph, the open-top bus parade and Grealish getting carried away with one of his own jokes. What was the secret to the teams dramatic final-day comeback win over Aston Villa, Grealish was asked in a video shared on social media? To substitute Riyad Mahrez, he answered, because he played like Almirn.
For a long time, particularly when Miguel Almirn was banging them in for Newcastle in the early months of this season, Grealish was reminded of those comments. Why on earth had he singled him out? Grealish does not know. It was just something that popped into his head as the beer bubbles rose. By his own admission, he has done a lot of stupid stuff.