Jack Grealish returned to Manchester City’s starting XI after a four-game absence on Saturday.
The former Aston Villa captain played 67 minutes of the 3-1 win at Vicarage Road and had a big chance saved when one-on-one in the first half.
Grealish has only scored twice in 17 appearances for City since he sealed a £100million move to the Pep Guardiola’s Premier League champions.
The 26 year-old has looked a shadow of himself from his time at Villa, where he was the main man.
He was enjoying a fine season until injury ruled him out almost all of the second half of the 2020-21 campaign.
Grealish has been deployed as a “false nine” on occasion by Guardiola and has not been given the freedom to play in his normal position at Villa, on the left-hand side.
When he was subbed off at Watford Sky Sports pundit Jamie Redknapp commented on Guardiola’s decision to play him as a centre forward.
“I looked at his face when he came off and (he) looked unhappy,” Redknapp said. “Maybe (he was) thinking there are goals in this for me.
“With that role, he might think it’s not ideal.”
Grealish could have had a hat-trick for City if he were more clinical with Hornets goalkeeper Daniel Bachmann and his defenders in fine form.
A frustrated Grealish uploaded a picture to social media platform Instagram on Sunday of him taking a shot on goal with a caption attached pleading for some luck.
Guardiola stuck up for his £100m man in a press conference afterwards.
“Scoring goals is the most difficult thing in football,” Guardiola said.
“We are not specialists but we are playing really well.
“What is important is to create the chances we have done and these players with the quality we have will score one goal. What is important is the way we are playing.”
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