Pep Guardiola tells Jack Grealish he faces challenge to keep his Man City place

Jeremy Doku has arrived at Manchester City this season and started well, offering Jack Grealish a new challenge for minutes.

Manchester City’s Jack Grealish runs with the ball against Newcastle

Jack Grealish is back from injury, but is not guaranteed to walk straight back into the Manchester City starting XI.

Grealish returned from the sidelines off the bench vs Nottingham Forest last weekend, before starting in the Carabao Cup at Newcastle to mark his comeback. A key figure at the end of last season, Grealish began the current campaign as first choice on the wings – but the arrival of Jeremy Doku has given the winger some fresh competition.

Doku has excited fans when playing so far this season, scoring a wonderful goal at West Ham, and looking bright against Newcastle off the bench as City chased a goal.

And asked if Grealish faces genuine competition for the left-wing spot, Guardiola challenged both that the player in the best form will be rewarded with more starts.

“Jeremy can play right as well,” Guardiola said. “Who’s going to play more? It’s who performs better. It’s simple.

“Phil can play on the left too. The guy who performs well and feels better will have more chance to play.

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