Jamie O’Hara has compared Gabby Agbonlahor’s defence of Jack Grealish to Roy Keane’s of Cristiano Ronaldo with the Manchester City forward ‘not producing’.
Grealish, the Premier League’s record signing at £100million, had another uneventful afternoon against Fulham, despite being named in the starting line-up.
The forward had two shots, with neither reaching Bernd Leno in goal, and he was taken off in the 64th minute, leaving his stats for the season at one goal and zero assists in 19 games for club and country.
Signed from boyhood club Aston Villa for an English record fee in 2021, the 27-year-old picked up a league winner’s medal last season, but would have been hoping to improve this term.
So far though, that’s not been the case, which O’Hara was keen to point out to Villa’s all-time Premier League top scorer, and former teammate of Grealish, Agbonlahor.
“Jack Grealish, Gabby’s mate, he got dragged off again in the 63rd minute, he’s not giving Man City much,” the talkSPORT host said.
In response, Agbonlahor explained: “I don’t think Jack is suffering from a lack of confidence or self-belief, I don’t think so, no.
“The Jack that I know, the Jack I’ve played with and have been watching play, he’s a confident player, he wants to get at people.
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“I think he’s trying.. Today was frustrating and he looks frustrated, but I looked at the whole Man City forward line and they all looked frustrated today. Teams set up very defensively against them.
“I think Jack, he’s just got to keep playing his game. He’s got that confidence in himself to go and make things happen. Today he was trying, he was trying to make things happen and he was getting shots off.
“I think Man City fans should keep faith in him. He’ll come good.”
O’Hara wasn’t having it though, comparing the former England striker to another pundit who’s been accused of favouritism.
Manchester United legend Roy Keane raised plenty of eyebrows for criticising Red Devils boss Erik ten Hag for his treatment of Ronaldo after the side drew 1-1 with Chelsea in the absence of the Portuguese striker.
Keane was adamant that three points could have been picked up with Ronaldo involved, despite the stats and public opinion heavily weighted against the Irishman’s view.
And O’Hara quickly drew parallels with Agbonlahor.
“Honestly, you’re like Roy Keane with Cristiano Ronaldo! You won’t say a bad word about your pal!” he said.
“Jack Grealish is a great player, but he’s not producing – it’s as simple as that.
“I really like Jack, I’ve got nothing against him, but he keeps getting subbed off early in games, he’s not scoring goals and he’s not getting assists.
“You’re paying £100m for a player who isn’t performing. I’m only saying what I see.
“I want Jack Grealish to do well, I want to see him do well, but I’ll say it how I see it. He didn’t do anything in the game today.”
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