Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers has hailed the impact that Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish has had for England.
Rodgers a big fan of Grealish
The 25-year-old put in a sterling performance against Wales during the Three Lions’ 3-0 victory against Wales as they prepared for their UEFA Nations League games versus Belgium and Denmark respectively.
Despite this, he was unused by Gareth Southgate during their two competitive games and the manager appeared to bypass any acknowledgement for his efforts after the game, which incensed the Villa faithful.
Of course, this came after Villa’s breathtaking 7-2 victory over reigning champions Liverpool, where Grealish himself scored twice and provided three assists during the 90 minutes.
This has attracted a lot of praise in Grealish’s direction, more specifically from Rodgers who is set to face off with Dean Smith’s side on Sunday.
Cited by FourFourTwo, the Northern Irish tactician said: “England have so many good players. But I think England are very fortunate to have Jack’s talent. I’ve seen the improvements in him as he’s grown as a young player.
“His personality on the field is absolutely fantastic. He’s got a real in-built brain for football.
“When he carries the ball, his awareness of his space really shows me the talent he is. He understands where space is, he gets tackled a lot, he stays on the ball a bit longer than other people and draws fouls but also draws people out of position. His weight of pass is exceptional.
“He’s a marvellous player and one of a number of players with England that are very talented. He’s a bit like James (Maddison), although they are not the same position.”
Message to Southgate
As far as Villa fans are concerned, it is always nice to hear other managers praising your favourite players.
But Rodgers appeared to be sending a message to Southgate about Grealish that he previously overlooked. With England stumbling to a poor 1-0 defeat to Denmark, we can only speculate whether the Villa skipper would have made a difference during the encounter.
That being said, Rodgers will know what to expect when the two teams meet, with Grealish arguably in the best form of his career so far.
The only action that the 25-year-old creative midfielder can take is to keep performing week in, week out for his team. Only then, Southgate might recognise what has been under his nose this whole time.
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