Keane defends Grealish as Souness slams Man City star for being ‘slow learner’

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Keane slammed by pundit Credit: PA Images
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Roy Keane has defended Jack Grealish after Graeme Souness criticised the Manchester City star for being a slow learner.

Grealish left Aston Villa last summer in £100m transfer to City, winning the Premier League title in his first season at the Etihad.

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But the England international played a bit-part role in his first season under Pep Guardiola, starting just over half the Premier League games, scoring six and assisting four in all competitions.

The 26-year-old has been criticised for his performances despite Guardiola insisting assessment of playmaker’s displays should not be solely based on goal contributions.

And Souness has put the boot in once again, claiming Grealish has “not improved” as he is “not a quick learner”.

Souness said in a Sky Bet debate: “He’s not a quick learner. All the top players are quick learners. Jack’s had a year and for me he’s not improved.”

Micah Richards was the first to defend Grealish, claiming the monumental transfer fee has resulted in unfair criticism.

But Souness hit back at Richards, saying: “I have not mentioned his transfer fee. City have got some world-class players. I’m looking at what he gives in the 90 minutes. I don’t see any improvement at all in him. Top players are quick learners, Micah.”

Manchester United legend Keane then responded, claiming Grealish has suffered through not having a “run of games” to build momentum.

Keane said: “We’ll try and give Jack the benefit of the doubt. He’s about 26-27 now, you’re thinking he should have gone to City and maybe adapted a bit quicker, but sometimes it can be difficult.

“He’s gone in and he’s not really had the run of games, he had one or two injuries earlier in the season. He would have been disappointed, even at the last game being left out against his old club Aston Villa.

“But they got over the line and you’d fully expect Jack to have adapted more to the demands of Man City and of Pep. We’ve seen him being left out of big games for City, and Gareth (Southgate) has done the same with England, so the penny has to drop for Jack.”

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