Jack Grealish is in the news for controversial reasons at the moment after being attacked by a Birmingham City supporter who ran on to the pitch at the St Andrew’s stadium, during a heated local derby.
The midfielder, however, had the last laugh as his goal in the second half was the match winner for the Villains.
Grealish was heavily linked with a move to Spurs last summer but a deal fell through in the end after Aston Villa reportedly upped their asking price late in the window.
The midfielder himself admitted later on that he had his heart set on a move, and was quite disappointed that it didn’t materialise.
The 23-year-old didn’t have the best of starts to the season in a Villa shirt as he struggled to replicate his form from last season, possibly due to a hangover from the summer move falling through.
The midfielder then suffered a bone stress injury on his shin which put him out of action for close to three months. In the midfielder’s absence, Villa only won 2 of their 12 Championship games, which indicates how important Grealish is to the side.
The midfielder has been absolutely sensational since his return from injury and has been Villa’s best player in every single game. He has notched up four goals and four assists already this campaign including a superb volley in the recent game against Derby.
Grealish’s recent run of form has demonstrated once again that he is one of the best young midfielders in the country. He has the ability to go past people easily but can also pick out players with his passes if given time on the ball.
He is the sort of midfielder that likes to dictate the tempo of the game, and thus would be an excellent replacement for the recently departed Mousa Dembele.
He is also one of those players who will look even better with better players around him. Given the success that the likes of James Maddison have enjoyed in the Premier League, it is clear that Grealish certainly has the talent to make the step up to the Premier League, especially considering he first broke into the Villa side when they were in the top flight.
So Tottenham can certainly do a lot worse than returning for Grealish this summer but let’s hope Levy has learned from his experiences in the last window and shows a bit more urgency in getting the deal done quickly.
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