The Aston Villa youth academy graduate is a prized commodity after a spectacular start to life in Premier League but will not stay at Villa Park for long.
The English Premier League does not have a lot of quality left-wing specialists. But among the few in its ranks, one of the best if not the best is plying his trade at a relegation threatened club.
Coming through the ranks of Aston Villa, Jack Grealish has proved his loyalty to the Villans. Grealish could have had the pick of his employers for three years, but has stayed at Villa Park.
Manchester United or Tottenham
With 20 games in the English top flight season, Grealish has 6 goals and 5 assists to his name. And Tottenham have been linked with a move again, just like the three years now.
Villa have stubbornly refused but Spurs with Jose Mourinho will return to ask for his services. But it is unlikely he will move to North London.
A move to Manchester United is more likely. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is a long-term admirer and Grealish prefers Old Trafford. It is a match made in heaven, the Birmingham native getting a grand stage to perform and the Red Devils getting a player who can unlock defenses.
Better than everyone around
Andy Gray echoed these sentiments, as he highlighted Grealish’s attributes.
“I know he’s a Villa fan, his family are all Villa fans, he loves the club and he loves being captain.”
“But Jack’s 24 now and I think there is a decision coming at the end of this season. And I hate to say it, but I don’t think he’ll be there in August.”
“If I was a coach of any of the top six, and I include Liverpool in this, he would make the team better.”
“He is, in my opinion, better than any of Liverpool’s midfield players. I think he is better than Keita. I think he’s better than Wijnaldum. I think he’d get into the City side. He’s much better than Foden. I just think he’s that good.”
“When you give someone a football, you watch somebody on a football pitch. He has a football at his feet and in his control. Special players, they just stand out.”
A lifelong Villa fan, Gray has his biases. But Grealish’s quality is for everyone to see. One of the most fouled players in the Premier League this season, the 24-year-old has plenty to offer.
He offers creativity and exceptional dribbling skills. And when these two attributes combine, key passes for teammates arrive. Moreover, to his credit, when under pressure Grealish can hold the ball. A trait missing in young Mason Mount and Phil Foden.
With Villa embroiled in a bitter relegation battle, it looks unlikely Jack Grealish will leave in January. But Dean Smith will be forced to sell his best player, no matter the conclusion of Villa’s battles.