Jack Grealish closed his eyes, appeared towards the sky, and caught his index fingers into his ears.
A objective celebration most famously carried out by Netherlands star Memphis Depay most likely didn’t cease the England worldwide listening to the mantra of “Tremendous Jack Grealish” that was ringing round Etihad Stadium on Saturday.
Manchester Metropolis may simply have a brand new followers’ favourite.
Scoring scruffy tap-ins in opposition to a workforce like Norwich wasn’t the rationale why the Premier League champions spent a British-record charge of 100 million kilos ($139 million) on the England worldwide throughout the offseason.
There’s lots extra to come back from Grealish — most notably on the Champions League stage the place he has been determined to carry out for therefore lengthy — nevertheless it’s not a foul begin.
Grealish marked his dwelling debut for Metropolis by scoring the second objective in a 5-0 thrashing of Norwich, the heaviest win thus far in a league marketing campaign that’s simply midway by way of its second spherical.
He won’t have scored an uglier objective — a cross from Gabriel Jesus went by way of a crowd of gamers, struck a shocked Grealish on the within of his left leg, and dribbled over the road — however all of them rely.
Grealish actually appeared like he loved it.
A lot more durable assessments await for Metropolis, however the way in which the champions overran Norwich confirmed they is perhaps beginning to discover their type after a disappointing begin to the season at Tottenham, the place they misplaced 1-0 final weekend.
Second-half targets by Aymeric Laporte and substitutes Raheem Sterling and Riyad Mahrez accomplished a win that was set on its method by an own-goal from Norwich goalkeeper Tim Krul.
“Nonetheless we’re not in our high (type),” Metropolis supervisor Pep Guardiola mentioned. “Nonetheless now we have many issues to do.”
Two groups have began with two straight victories and one among them is amongst Metropolis’s massive rivals for the title.
Liverpool beat Burnley 2-0 by way of targets by Diogo Jota and Sadio Mane. That got here every week after its 3-0 win at Norwich, whose return to the highest flight couldn’t have gotten off to a more durable begin.
Brighton is the opposite workforce with six factors after beating Watford 2-0.