The Aston Villa captain has been linked with a move away to Old Trafford for two transfer windows now and the move looks likely in the summer.
Emile Heskey was still playing in Aston Villa colors when Jack Grealish started practicing with the first team squad. It has been nine years since and the then 15-year-old is now captaining the side in their return to Premier League.
However, it looks unlikely that Grealish will stay at Villa Park for long. The England hopeful has been scouted by the likes of Tottenham, Chelsea and Manchester United.
Jose Mourinho remains an ardent fan of the attacking midfielder despite his change in environment. While the powers at Old Trafford still fancy him in the Red Devils dressing room. Mourinho may have left but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be lucky to have him in his starting eleven.
Interest in players is nothing new. This is what feeds foot fans speculative minds. But Grealish leaving his boyhood club is a certainty. He is too good a talent to fight in an under-par side battling relegation.
Villa will struggle
Dean Smith will not like the reality, Aston Villa are looking at relegation on their return to Premier League. But even if his team do not go down, they cannot go beyond mid-table finish. And this is not what the 24-year-old deserves.
Part of the exciting group of youngsters coming through the English setup, Grealish needs better surroundings. And they can be found at Old Trafford and he checks the boxes for what Ole wants in his players.
Grealish is versatile to play in midfield and can also be deployed in attack or on the wings. His creativity has been there for every casual Premier League fan to see. With seven goals and six assists in a struggling side speaks volumes about his traits.
Moreover, he is not one to stay stranded up the pitch. Grealish likes to track back, make tackles and ensure parity remains as long as he is on the pitch.
It must have been hard for him to see Manchester City lift the Carabao Cup while only a losers’ medal graced his neck. But this is what Aston Villa can offer him. Jack Grealish needs to leave and the time has come.