Grealish, the Premier League’s costliest player at £100million, has struggled to produce the goals and assists that had been his trademark at boyhood membership Villa since becoming a member of last summer season.
Ahead of the weekend’s 3-0 win over Wolves, Grealish hadn’t registered a goal contribution all season with his six goals and 4 assists last time period his worst manufacturing since 2017.
Manager Pep Guardiola was compelled to defend his record signing in the construct up to the match, and was later rewarded when the England worldwide opened the scoring after simply 55 seconds.
Speaking post-match, De Bruyne said: “With all due respect he was at Villa before and in the event you lose a game generally it’s not the end of the world.
“But if we lose a game it is different. We have to perform every week and win games. That is different and what he has had to adjust to. As long as we win the games and he is doing a good job for us, that is all that matters.”
He added: “If you begin in the approach we did it’s an incentive to say: ‘OK I got a goal and am maybe a little more free in my mind to do what I need to do’.
“Sometimes as a football player there are intervals you discover the net simply and then there are other intervals the place it’s a little bit tougher.