Dean Smith has not been at Aston Villa for long, yet his placement into the Villa Park dugout has had a huge impact on the team both collectively and individually.
Under the former Brentford boss, Aston Villa have improved their league position in the Championship quite significantly, while certain players are now performing at a much higher level.
Tammy Abraham, on loan from Chelsea, is the obvious example following his recent four-goal display in Aston Villa’s incredible 5-5 draw with Nottingham Forest. The 21-year-old, though, as already alluded to, is not the only individual to have benefited from Smith’s appointment.
£18m-rated (via Transfermarkt) attacking midfielder Jack Grealish has also been in top form under his new manager, scoring and creating goals in the Villans last few fixtures, which is great to see.
The 23-year-old is quite clearly a talented player who possesses the ability to really influence games, something that Aston Villa supporters perhaps do not see enough of.
For all of his ability, Grealish tends to drift in and out of games, while a player of his quality and position should probably be producing better numbers.
That being said, the Aston Villa youth product is still fairly young and has plenty of time to be moulded from a rough diamond into something truly special, which Smith appears to be doing.