Slightly strange comments in The Birmingham Mail from Steve Bruce today.
He says that Jack Grealish needs to be a ‘better professional` and to ‘stop hitting the headlines for the wrong reasons`.
Fair comment for last season but unless I`ve missed something, he`s not been making the headlines for partying, ‘balloons` or collapsing drunk recently?
He`s also not been playing and I`ve not seen any moans from the player?
As you know, he played v Fulham and scored a stunner, with very little in the way of celebrating (or not with the fans) it has to be said. So is there still a problem behind the scenes?
Bruce says he`s got no doubt in the youngsters ability and that goals like he scored v Fulham only serves to remind everyone of that ability.
“It`s right that we talk about his ability but it`s important he understands that he needs to knuckle down and do the other side of it. That`s the hardest road for Jack to go down – to be a top-class professional and be as good as he can. If he`s got that and does that then he`s got an outstanding chance.”
He then warns if he doesn`t knuckle down, there are plenty in the ‘got ability but didn`t do anything with it` players graveyard… I paraphrased there!
“But ultimately I can`t sit on his shoulder every day of his life. He`s got to knuckle down and understand what he`s got.”
Slightly curious. Maybe he`s not been being played for reasons we don`t know about? It does have to be said despite the great goal (and long may he score those) it looked very much like he needed to contribute far more during the game. The occasional goal and little else won`t cut it BUT if he`s not been being played and is low on confidence, hopefully the rest will come.
As Bruce says, you can see there is ability there, he`s now got to consistently produce it – and yes to do that, he`s got to impress the manager in training and get match time.