Stan Collymore has claimed that Jack Grealish made the right decision by snubbing a move to Tottenham Hotspur in 2018 as the transfer could have adversely affected the midfielder’s development.
Grealish enjoyed an outstanding campaign on his return to top-flight with Aston Villa last season.
The 25-year-old seems to be going to strength to strength, with the midfield man breaking into the England side this month under Gareth Southgate.
Tottenham reportedly passed up the chance to sign Grealish for just £6m back in 2018 (Sun) but his value has skyrocketed since then, with Dean Smith’s side now valuing him at around £80m (Sky Sports).
Collymore believes that Grealish would have merely been a squad player if he had joined the Lilywhites two years ago.
“He’d have just been in their squad at that point. Since then Jack has taken a step up and is a serious player.
“Well done for not taking that move, helping get Villa into the top flight, but he can play for any elite club now.”
However, Collymore is wrong in suggesting that Grealish turned down a move to Spurs, with the England midfielder admitting in 2018 that he was keen to complete a move to the North Londoners when he learned about their interest (Telegraph).
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I believe that Grealish would have broken into the first team and established himself as a regular before the end of his first season at Spurs had we signed him that summer. As we saw with the likes of Dele Alli, Mauricio Pochettino certainly had no hesitation in throwing players in straight away if he felt they were good enough. In hindsight, the club and Daniel Levy made a major error by trying to push Grealish’s price down in 2018.
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