GARY NEVILLE and Jamie Carragher have been left shocked with the amount of defending Jack Grealish has been doing against Tottenham.
The England star made the £100m switch to Manchester City in 2021 and was signed to deliver goals and assists.
But goal contributions have generally been hard to come by for Grealish.
And in the two games against Spurs his defensive work has been highlighted.
After the game at the Etihad Stadium last month, Patrick Davidson asked Grealish about a tackle he made on Son Heung-min.
The winger responded: “I know what you’re talking about but it’s never a good sign when that’s the highlight of a winger’s match!”
Regardless, Grealish is still keeping up with his duties tracking back and produced three notable pieces of defending in the first half in North London.
And it didn’t go unnoticed from the Sky Sports duo.
After making one fine tackle on Dejan Kulusevski, Neville said: “We’re going to be showing Jack Grealish’s defensive work again I think at the moment, three times he’s been forced to charge back.”
Grealish then went down injured later on in the half and commentator Martin Tyler also referred to his defensive work.
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He joked: “It’s probably all that defending he’s been doing.”
Despite Grealish’s hard work, he could do nothing to stop England colleague Harry Kane from opening the scoring and becoming Spurs record goalscorer in the process.
But fans have been reacting to his new-found role on social media.
One said: “If Jack Grealish makes one more tackle Pep’s gonna turn him into a left back.”
A second responded: “Jack Grealish is our best defender this game and I’m not even joking.”
A third chimed in with: “Jack Grealish’s defensive work rate is unreal for a winger.”
Another said: “Grealish defensive work rate against spurs… it moves me.”