For Aston Villa, Jack Grealish was the main man. For Manchester City, he's an important cog in a well-oiled machine. For England, it's fair to say, Grealish is yet to really define himself. He's yet to really grab a game by the scruff of the neck and make it his.
If he is ever to do that, there's no bigger stage than the World Cup, and, right now at least, there's no bigger game to do it in than tonight's showdown with Wales.
Will he be feeling the pressure? Probably not. This is a footballer after all who has been taught from a young age that "pressure is a privilege". But what else makes him the man he is today. Here, he talks to Men's Health about learning to love the gym, how he feels about opponents kicking lumps out of him and his future aspirations.
On… How a Freak Injury He Suffered in 2017 Forced Him to Start Working Out
“At the start of that, I kid you not, I could not do two pull-ups. Then, by the end, I was doing four sets of eight pull-ups, five sets of eight. Now, I can do pull-ups all day. I can do them easily.”
On… How He Feels about the Gym Now
“I like being in the gym. It’s obviously good for your body, it’s good for your head, and it’s good for when you’ve got stuff going on.”
On… Being Targeted by Opponents
“As long as I’m winning my team free-kicks in the right areas. I don’t mind it.”
On… What He Wants to Achieve in His Career
“If you ever won PFA Player of the Year, it’s something that you’d treasure for ever. But obviously you want to win cups with your team, whether that be Champions Leagues, FA Cups, Premier Leagues. They all mean so much. That’s what I want to achieve in my career.”
On… What’s Next
"I have places that I’d love to play. I’d love to play in Spain one day. I’d love to play in the US. I have a lot of stuff I’d like to do.”
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