Jack Grealish has been blasted for his comments about Newcastle’s Miguel Almiron, with Simon Jordan insisting the Manchester City star has entered “moron territory”.
Grealish has appeared in a number of videos that have been uploaded to social media in the aftermath of Man City’s title celebrations, appearing to be inebriated and bleary-eyed. In one video, he joked that team-mate Bernardo Silva had a poor game and deserved to be taken off during their stunning 3-2 comeback victory against Aston Villa.
But the 26-year-old risked the wrath of Newcastle supporters when he compared Riyad Mahrez to Almiron in the final game of the season, with the Paraguayan only scoring once in this season for the Magpies. And Jordan slammed Grealish’s attempts to mock the player, suggesting his behaviour went too far.
“The bottom line is it takes Jack Grealish back to where he belongs in moron territory engaging his mouth before he engages his brain,” Jordan said on talkSPORT. “There’s no problem with him having banter with his teammates that’s absolutely fine, if someone was to say he was taking the mickey out of Riyad Mahrez you’d say it was banter, they’ve got that rapport.
“If you take it out another domain and you pick another player, single him out and ridicule him because you think you’re in a position to do so, where’s that going to end? Someone somewhere is going to say by the way, who are you? What gives you the right to make that comparison? Why would you want to do it? Where does your arrogance stop and intelligence begin? I’m sure he meant it tongue-in-cheek but why pick on an individual player?
“Obviously in the back of his mind, he thinks that player probably is not good and that’s his prerogative but why does he need to do that to that particular player when Man City are talking about their success? Why does he think he is on a platform where he can look down on that player?”
Grealish ended his debut season at the Etihad Stadium with a first trophy after his British record £100million transfer from Aston Villa. But the winger has endured a difficult campaign on a personal level, scoring just three goals and assisting another three since his high-profile switch to join Pep Guardiola’s side.
The England international was an unused substitute for the title decider as well, highlighting his lack of game time under Guardiola. And Jordan thinks his minor contribution to City’s success means the midfielder should keep quiet about other players while he figures out how to be a success at the Etihad Stadium.
”Jack Grealish is a talented player, he’s a long way from being a £100m player and he’s incredibly fortuitous to be playing for a club like Man City that’s enabled him to win a Premier League because I don’t think his contribution has taken Man City to that Premier League,” he added. “I think he’s a bit part player, so he would’ve been better served saying take me off the pitch more. It’s a lack of awareness.”