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Jack Grealish sends Manchester City warning to Jeremy Doku over starting place



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Jeremy Doku has received a warning over his starting place in the Manchester City side from fellow left-sided attacker Jack Grealish during the international break.

The Belgium international has settled into life under Pep Guardiola remarkably fast, bringing a new dimension to the side that some believe had not been seen since the days of the likes of Leroy Sane and Raheem Sterling.

Jeremy Doku’s explosive pace when facing full-backs one-vs-one has brought excitement to a patient forward line, while his goal threat has already been seen with important strikes away at both West Ham in the Premier League and RB Leipzig in the Champions League.

While some believe Doku should be starting the large share of matches for Manchester City following his start to life at the club, Treble-winner Jack Grealish has other ideas, and believes he has what it takes to be holding on to the left-wing berth on a regular basis.

Grealish, speaking during a press conference while away on international duty with England, was quizzed on Manchester City’s three successive domestic defeats and whether it should be viewed as a ‘crisis’ at the Etihad Stadium.

The City forward firmly responded, “Come on! No chance. Obviously I’ve never lost two games in a row for City before. But it’s nowhere near a crisis. We had a brilliant start to the season. We didn’t win the Community Shield but then we won the Super Cup.”

Jack Grealish continued by highlighting Manchester City’s fine record prior to the recent run of defeats in England, “We then won six in a row and we’ve obviously lost the last two. Rodri has been a big miss for us. There’s no doubt about that.”

Moving on to his own personal ambitions for after the international break, and Jack Grealish indicated a warning to his rival for the left-wing slot at Manchester City – Jeremy Doku – following the Belgian’s fine start to life at the Etihad Stadium.

Grealish indicated that when fit, he can help ‘any team in the world’, and wants to be playing every single game at Manchester City for Pep Guardiola – similar to how the final months of the Treble-winning season went for the Englishman.

“For me, I come (to England) this week and I’ve tried to do little bits of extra fitness after training, just to try and help myself get back to full fitness,” Grealish admitted. “I feel like when I am fit, I can help any team in the world, whether that be here at England or at City.

“As soon as I go back to City, I need to get myself back in that  starting XI because towards the end of last season, I was playing every single game so that’s how I want it to be.”

Manchester City return from the ongoing international break with a home Premier League tie against the ever-impressive Brighton & Hove Albion, as Pep Guardiola looks to bring his side back to winning ways with a victory over Roberto De Zerbi.

The remainder of October also features matchday three of the UEFA Champions League as City travel to Swiss side BSC Young Boys, as well as a Manchester derby clash with Erik ten Hag’s men at Old Trafford.