傑克-格里利什。英格蘭隊的謎團離首發還有多遠?

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傑克-格里利什。英格蘭隊的謎團離首發還有多遠?

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上一次英格蘭隊前往參加男子主要賽事時,有一名球員引起了意見分歧。

格雷利什充滿了天賦和創造力,是球迷們的最愛,但對於主教練加雷斯-索斯蓋特來說,卻一直是個難題。你讓他在哪裡踢球,他能替代誰?

現年27歲的格里利什在2020年歐洲杯的點球大戰中輸給意大利之前,在英格蘭隊進入決賽時,他有一次首發和四次替補出場的機會。

一個月後,英超聯賽冠軍曼城以創英國紀錄的1億英鎊從阿斯頓維拉簽下了他。

但是,當英格蘭隊準備在周一的2022年世界盃首場比賽中對陣伊朗隊時,這位前鋒似乎並不接近成為首發球員。

"前曼城和英格蘭後衛米卡-理查茲告訴BBC體育,"我知道他將進入球隊,但我不認為他離首發有多遠。

"他踢得很好,但對曼城來說,他的表現並不驚人。他的數字會對他不利。

"我不總是看數字--我看比賽--但看看[萊斯特城中場]詹姆斯-麥迪遜在做什麼。他正在創造和進球。

"有時你不能在比賽前忽視數字和形式。"

格雷利什需要能夠漫遊"。

在格里利什為曼城效力的第一個賽季,他贏得了英超聯賽冠軍,但在26次出場中只打進3球。

本賽季,他在8場聯賽中淨勝1球。

"理查茲補充說:"傑克非常善於參與比賽,吸引犯規並發動進攻,但需要做得更多。

"如果你看看誰為英格蘭隊進球,並不是很多人都能進球的。像麥迪遜這樣的人可以做到這一點,但傑克仍然必須有更多的終端產品。"

除了終端產品之外,索斯蓋特的比賽風格是否阻礙了格里利什?

前英格蘭後衛里奧-費迪南德說,格里利什是一個 "需要能夠漫遊 "的球員。

"我不確定英格蘭是否讓他這麼做。最好的傑克-格里利什是有一點自由的人,"費迪南德告訴BBC體育。

"在國際層面上,你需要那些像他一樣的球員,他們有那種想象力和能力來解鎖球隊。他在這方面可能是至關重要的。"

格雷利什的能力在英格蘭隊中已經有所體現,包括6月份英格蘭隊在慕尼黑與德國隊1-1戰平時的一次令人印象深刻的客串。

之後,格里利什說他想把他為英格蘭隊效力時感受到的自由轉移到他在曼城的俱樂部中。

然而,前英格蘭中場球員傑曼-傑納斯(Jermaine Jenas)表示,格里利什可能不會首發,因為其他球員提供了不同的品質。

"傑納斯告訴BBC體育:"我喜歡傑克,但這是一個功能性的問題,以及他如何與索斯蓋特隊中的其他球員相適應。

"這並不總是要讓你所有最好的球員都上場。有時它是一個決定誰帶來什麼的案例。

"現在,傑克的狀態比拉希姆-斯特林更好,但現實是,拉希姆在防守中跑動。"

索斯蓋特知道他從斯特林那裡得到了什麼

格雷利什的位置是有競爭的。

麥迪遜在本賽季英超聯賽中為萊斯特城出戰13場比賽,打進7球,助攻4次,已經贏得了世界盃陣容的徵召。

曼城的菲爾-福登有7個進球和3次助攻,而布卡約-薩卡為聯賽冠軍阿森納有4個進球和6次助攻。

曼聯的馬庫斯-拉什福德在過去的8場英超比賽中只取得了1個進球,也在陣容之列。今年夏天加盟切爾西的斯特林也在努力尋找狀態,但他在英格蘭隊久經考驗,在79次出場中貢獻了44個進球。

英格蘭隊長哈里-凱恩肯定是九號位的首發球員,那還有格雷利什的空間嗎?

費迪南德說:"這就是英格蘭隊在這個位置上的問題,有很好的競爭,"。

"你可以讓格里利什上場,你也有斯特林、拉什福德、福登和麥迪遜。這對英格蘭來說是個好消息,但對傑克來說就不是這麼好的消息了。"

傑納斯補充說:"凱恩來拿球,你有薩卡在一邊,他喜歡漂移到內部以及經常運球--所以你需要一個想無球跑的人。

"傑克只想呆在邊線上運球,有點像薩卡那樣,所以你需要平衡一切。

"加雷斯-索斯蓋特知道他從斯特林那裡得到了什麼--當他穿上英格蘭球衣的時候,他就會出現。"


Last updated on .From the section England

The last time England were heading to a men's major tournament there was one player who divided opinion.

Full of talent and creativity, Grealish was a fan favourite but for manager Gareth Southgate there was a constant conundrum. Where do you play him and who does he replace?

Grealish, 27, made one start and four substitute appearances as England reached the final before losing to Italy in a penalty shootout at Euro 2020.

A month later, Premier League champions Manchester City signed him from Aston Villa for a British record £100m.

But as England prepare to take on Iran in their first match at the 2022 World Cup on Monday, the forward is seemingly no closer to becoming a starter.

"I knew he would be in the squad but I don't think he is anywhere near starting," former Manchester City and England defender Micah Richards told BBC Sport.

"He has played well but has not been amazing for City. His numbers will count against him.

"I don't always look at numbers - I watch the game - but look at what [Leicester midfielder] James Maddison is doing. He is making and scoring goals.

"Sometimes you can't ignore numbers and form in the lead up to a tournament."

'Grealish needs to be able to roam'

In Grealish's first season with Manchester City he won the Premier League title but scored just three goals in 26 appearances.

This season, he has netted one in eight league games.

"Jack is very good at being involved in the game and drawing fouls and starting attacks off, but needs to do more," added Richards.

"If you look at who scores for England, it is not that many people who get the goals. Someone like Maddison could do that, but Jack still has to have more end product."

Aside from end product, is Southgate's style of play holding Grealish back?

Former England defender Rio Ferdinand said Grealish was a player who "needs to be able to roam".

"I'm not sure England let him do that. The best Jack Grealish is the one who has a bit of freedom," Ferdinand told BBC Sport.

"At international level you need those players like him who have that imagination and ability to unlock teams. He could be vital in that."

There have been glimpses of what Grealish is capable of for England including an impressive cameo in June as England drew 1-1 with Germany in Munich.

Afterwards Grealish said he wanted to transfer the freedom he felt while playing for England to his club form with Manchester City.

However, ex-England midfielder Jermaine Jenas suggested Grealish may not be starting because other players provide different qualities.

"I love Jack but it is a functional thing and how he fits in with the other players in Southgate's team," Jenas told BBC Sport.

"It is not always about having all your best players on the pitch. Sometimes it is a case of deciding who brings what to the table.

"Right now, Jack is in better form than Raheem Sterling, but the reality is, Raheem runs in behind defences."

'Southgate knows what he's getting from Sterling'

There is competition for places in Grealish's position.

Maddison has earned a call-up to the World Cup squad after scoring seven goals and assisting four in 13 games for Leicester in the Premier League this season.

Manchester City's Phil Foden has seven goals and three assists, while Bukayo Saka has four goals and six assists for league leaders Arsenal.

Manchester United's Marcus Rashford is in the squad having scored just once in his last eight Premier League games. Sterling, who joined Chelsea this summer, has also struggled for form but is tried and tested with England, contributing to 44 goals in 79 appearances.

With England captain Harry Kane a certain starter at number nine, is there any room for Grealish?

"That is the thing with England in that position, there is good competition," said Ferdinand.

"You can play Grealish there, you have got Sterling, Rashford, Foden and Maddison too. That's good news for England, but not such good news for Jack."

Jenas added: "Kane comes to get the ball and you have Saka on one side who likes to drift inside as well as dribble a lot - so you need someone who wants to run without the ball.

"Jack just wants to stay on the touchline and dribble, a bit like Saka does, so you need that balance of everything.

"Gareth Southgate knows what he is getting from Sterling - he turns up when he puts on an England shirt."

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