Former Red Stan Collymore believes that Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish should ignore any potential interest from Manchester United and wait for Liverpool to come calling.
The 24-year-old has had a scintillating start to the season for the Villans, scoring nine goals in 23 appearances for Dean Smith’s side (as per Whoscored), with speculation gathering momentum that the Birmingham-born middle man could be on his way to Old Trafford in the summer. Quoted by the Daily Mirror, Collymore feels that Grealish should wait for the right opportunity to come around before deciding on his future.
“I know I am biased towards Jack Grealish but the stats don’t lie,” Collymore said. “For him to become the first English midfielder to register 15 goals/assists since Frank Lampard in 2009/10, in an average to poor team, is a superb effort.
“His talent deserves a better platform, and if you were to stick Grealish in that Liverpool midfield and let him service their magic front three, the kid could be one of Europe’s most effective midfielders. He could even have an England team built around him. Forget Manchester United, Grealish will be waiting five years to reach the level he could get to at Anfield.”
Grealish came through the youth ranks at Villa Park before making his debut in May 2014 and has since kicked on to become one of Villa’s most important players. While Villa’s position in the table slightly tarnishes the Englishman’s achievements this season, his link-up play and work-rate are difficult to ignore. Indeed, he has conjured up five assists during the current campaign, as well as averaging 2.6 key passes and a pass success rate of 85.2%, as per WhoScored.
Clearly a talent, surely a move to Anfield is more appealing than Old Trafford these days anyway. Erling Haaland is thought to have snubbed a move to the Theatre of Dreams in favour of Borussia Dortmund after all given the problems in play, while Liverpool (who were linked with a move for him in 2018) conquer all in front of them.
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