Being a product of the Aston Villa youth system and considering the ability he possesses, it was not surprising to see supporters left disappointed when Jack Grealish looked nailed on to leave the club during the summer.
However, a change in ownership saw Grealish remain at Villa Park to the delight of fans who expected big things from the talented 23-year-old the moment he made his full Premier League debut against Queens Park Rangers back in 2015.
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Grealish has since signed a new five-year deal at the club following Tottenham’s failed pursuit of the attacking midfielder in the last transfer window (via Sky Sports), and he is exactly the kind of player Dean Smith should be looking to build his team around going forward.
The Aston Villa youth product is a very versatile individual, capable of playing in practically any of the positions behind the striker, while he possesses the kind of attributes that can get supporters off their seats.
Grealish has the technical skill to beat a player 1v1 and operates so well in the half spaces.
With that in mind, he should probably be racking up better numbers with the former England U21 international yet to register a goal in 12 Championship appearances so far this season.
Nevertheless, he is still a player with a lot of quality. And under a more adventurous manager such as Smith, Grealish should have enough freedom to go out and make a real impact in the final third.
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