Walker reveals how giving Grealish ‘tough love’ is getting best out of him – just like it did with Sterling
JACK GREALISH is loving life at Manchester City as the chances of an historic treble grow ever stronger.
The 27-year-old tormented Dani Carvajal on Wednesday night to help City breeze past Real Madrid 4-0 and reach the Champions League final.
Jack Grealish revealed Kyle Walker is “so critical” of himBT Sport
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Grealish and Walker are chasing the Treble with Man CityPA
But he admitted after the game team-mate Kyle Walker is “so critical” of him whenever he plays.
Right-back Walker is quick to praise Grealish when he plays well, but he is not afraid to call him out if the winger has an off day.
In a brilliant interview with BT Sport after the Madrid game, Grealish said on Walker: “Mate he’s so critical of me!”
That saw ex-Man City defender Joleon Lescott chip in and say: “Tough love Jack. You need tough love.”
And Walker seemingly agreed.
He said on Grealish: “I have conversations with him, on and off the field.
“You know, I tell him when he does well, and I tell him when he does bad because I play against him. I play against him directly in training and he’s a nightmare. He’s a nightmare to play against.”
Walker was then asked how Grealish can improve.
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He compared the ex-Aston Villa captain to Raheem Sterling, when the now Chelsea man first arrived at the Etihad in 2015.
Grealish has scored five goals in all competitions so far this season – but Walker reckons he should be aiming for more.
Walker said: “At this point in the season, he can’t really do much better because he’s doing what he needs to do for the team.
“But, you know, I’ve said to him for years. When I first came here, Raz [Raheem Sterling], you know, he was more about the tricks and everything.
“And all of a sudden, goals, goals, goals. And I think, you know, if he can just add that to his game, where he gets a little bit, you know, a few more goals and chips in, I said aim for ten a season.”