Pundit claims failed transfer target would walk into the Spurs side

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Former Arsenal midfielder Paul Merson has claimed that Aston Villa star Jack Grealish, who came close to a move to Spurs in the summer of 2018 (The Mirror), would walk into the current Tottenham team.

Spurs were linked heavily Grealish a year and a half ago but the transfer fell through in the end after the Midlands club were bought by new owners (Birmingham Mail).

Grealish himself admitted that he came close to making the move to North London and revealed that he was disappointed when the transfer collapsed (Sky Sports).

Since then, the 24-year-old has gone from strength to strength and captained his boyhood club back to the Premier League last season.

Jack Grealish

His performances in the top flight this campaign have caught the eye with calls for him to be included in Gareth Southgate’s England squad (Mail).

Speaking about the talented midfielder, Merson said to the Daily Star: “Grealish would walk into the United team. Tottenham tried to get him not long ago and he’d walk into their team right now as well.

“I can’t explain to people how good this kid is. Aston Villa lost 6-1 to Manchester City and he was the only one who still had time on the ball.

“His composure is something else. I don’t understand why clubs aren’t queuing up to try and sign him.”

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It’s a real shame that we missed out on him as Levy wanted to save a couple of million pounds transfer fees. Even back then, he looked like he would have been a perfect fit for Spurs. He is exactly the type of player that we are missing right now – someone can drive with the ball through midfield. Hopefully, Gedson can now help fill that void for the moment.

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  1. What is Merson’s point? Grealish is a good player – we all know that.

    On form he would ‘walk into’ many teams in the Premiership, not just Spurs or ManU. He’s one of the best prospects outside of the usual top sides.

    You can’t buy everyone you want to… it seems Spurs tried and failed to get Grealish for whatever reason, most likely because the new owners at Villa were richer and they didn’t immediately want to sell their best asset, which would have been terrible PR. If Villa stay up this season, it’ll have been a great decision by them to keep him.

    We’ve bought other players instead – Lo Celso, NDombele and now Fernandez. Let’s hope some of these turn out to be as good as we hoped!



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