Aston Villa have enjoyed a largely successful season, securing a place in the play-offs in a bid for a Premier League return. While it at one point seemed Villa may have to settle for another season in the Championship, a run of 10 wins in a row all but established their position in the top six. A player of crucial importance during this period was Jack Grealish, who has certainly emerged as a highly profitable player for the Villains.
Grealish, who now captains the Birmingham based side, joined Villa aged six-years-old, making the first team squad for the first time aged 16. However, it wasn’t until 2014 that Grealish made his debut, coming on as a substitute in a 3-1 defeat to MK Dons. The midfielder has continued to progress ever since, emerging as Villa’s most important player.
This season has undoubtedly been the midfielder’s standout campaign. He has scored six goals and recorded six assists this season, but he provides so more to the team than mere statistics. An injury forced Grealish to miss 10 games earlier in the season. In this time, Villa won only two games. Their form took a dramatic turn upon his return, as stated going on a 10 match winning streak that has sealed a play-off place. Grealish scored four goals in this period, including a brilliant derby winner against Birmingham.
His instrumental role in a largely positive season saw him placed in the Championship team of the season – as voted by the players. With so much potential, still aged only 23, there are always going to be numerous clubs interested. Most noticeably, Grealish was subject to serious interest from Tottenham, who bid £25m for his signature last summer. The bid was never even entertained, but Villa will surely be preparing themselves for more interest this summer.
If Villa are to gain promotion to the Premier League, it would certainly give Villa more bargaining power. As the captain of his boyhood club (he joined at the age of 6 according to the Birmingham Mail), the midfielder would surely want to lead his side in their return to England’s top division. However, should they fail to gain promotion, it would be foolish to believe the midfielder wouldn’t be tempted by a Premier League switch.
Regardless of whether he stays or goes, Grealish represents a vastly profitable player for Villa. There was obviously no transfer fee involved in his initial signing. TransferMarkt now value him at £18m, but it would surely take a bid closer to £50m to secure his services. Villa stood firm last summer, refusing to sell Grealish at any price.
This summer could be a different story, however.
Aston Villa fans, can you keep hold of Grealish in the summer? How much would be enough to let him go? Comment below.
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