Jack Grealish has stressed that critics are right to suggest he needs to contribute more goals and assists.
Grealish has not had a goal involvement so far this season but he did score in the first minute as Manchester City secured a 3-0 win over Wolves.
The 27-year-old, who joined City for £100million last year, admitted the goal was “a long time coming”, adding that he hasn’t scored as many goals as he has in his entire career would have wished.
Speaking to BT Sport, Grealish said: “It’s taken a long time. I haven’t scored since the West Ham game so it was nice to have scored against a top top team this season. I think they are so underrated this Wolves team.
“I should score more goals, I should get more assists, the only thing I can do about it is score and get assists. I will always get people talking about me. If you look at my entire career, I probably haven’t scored as many goals as other people. It’s something I want to add to my game.
‘It was perfect. I always laugh with Kev (De Bruyne) for helping me.”
Overall, Grealish has scored 38 goals in 251 league games in his career so far.
Grealish drew considerable criticism in the media after a lackluster performance against Borussia Dortmund, but Pep Guardiola jumped into his player’s defense and put him in the starting XI against Wolves.
This decision was certainly confirmed when Grealish managed to find the web.
Grealish said, “It’s beautiful. Guardiola was brilliant with me. I have to thank him for giving me the opportunity after my performance on Wednesday wasn’t the best at all, but I hope I reciprocated him.”
Ferdinand said: “All the talk in the media was about stats and Grealish’s lack of goals and assists. He expects more goals. He is very honest about his performance. Many broad players would enter here. He’s already struggling to get into that small space. He wants that. He scores the goal.”
“It’s up to him to want more goals before every game. Once the ball gets into areas where players can deliver, you get into areas where you can score. The game is very data and stat driven, it’s going more and more in that direction and you don’t want to be left behind.’
Grealish scored just six goals in his first season at City and many expectations were placed on him following his move from Aston Villa.
Against Wolves, Grealish showed a glimpse of the impact he can make and he hopes he can now appear with greater consistency.
Despite the criticism he has faced, Grealish has retained his place in the England squad and hopes to be part of Gareth Southgate’s plans for the upcoming World Cup in Qatar.
Erling Haaland and Phil Foden were also among City’s top scorers, who are top of the Premier League with five wins and two draws this season.