Aston Villa’s preparations for this coming weekend’s opening Premier League clash with Tottenham Hotspur are almost complete and the anticipation ahead of our return to the top flight following last season’s Championship Play-Off success in palpable.
With over ten new signings to our name so far this summer, we’ve easily crashed through the £100million mark in transfer fees and those figures don’t include the loans that we turned permanent, so spending has certainly been fruitful as we looked to replace the many players who departed at the end of their contracts a few months back.
One player that will be absolutely key to our fortunes next year remains skipper Jack Grealish and with an impressive return from injury last year and a clear maturing in both his game and his approach to life, he’s simply now become the player many fans hoped he would grow into given his youthful promise.
Long may that continue, and we continue to have very high hopes for him indeed and it can surely only be a matter of time before he gets the dreaded England nod.
Comments from the Vital Villa Forum and our summer interviews.
He is improving continually at the moment. The premier league will suit him as there are less cloggers. He can be as good as he wants.
Old Trinity Villan
Incredible. The talent has always been there, but the new found maturity has turned him into a true top quality player. I think he’ll shine in the Prem.
Brilliant. He’s become the player we all hoped he would be over the last 2 seasons, now he’s ready to really take on the Premier League. The thought of losing him before he’s even hit his prime was utterly depressing, but its all changed now. Villa boy, Villa captain.
Stephen Jay Hawkings
Under Smith and previously Bruce he has improved and has really shown that he can be a top player. We are lucky that we were promoted as we’d have waited a long time before we have someone as naturally talented. He’s matured significantly in the last 2 seasons and is ready to play at the top level.
Jack has shown a maturity, both in himself and his game, shown leadership and team qualities and cared for himself.
Mark A South
If he continues to pop up with a few goals in the Premier League like he did at the back end of last season we have some player there. The fact that he’s Villa can maybe make the best of us a little biased but he’s really starting to look like the real deal. Think the major criticism he had was the fact that he didn’t find the back of the net often enough but it seems like he’s finally got the confidence and added that to his game. Excited to see just how far he can go.
The effect he had on the team when he came back in March was remarkable. He had a fine season and was one of the standout players in the division. But his struggles at the business end, where he failed (imho) to stamp his authority on the playoff final, shows he still has some way to go. Hopefully the Premier League will offer him the chance to properly showcase his undoubted talents.
Amazing compared to where he was a year ago. I think that time out with the liver/kidney damage, made him realise just how short a time playing the game he could have and made him knuckle down and be determined to become as good as he possibly can be. Then having a head coach who has a track record of improving players hasn’t exactly done any harm.
He’s really come of age this season. Love watching him play. I get that real buzz of excitement when he’s on the ball. There’s a lack of that type of player in the modern game. I can’t wait to see if he can step-up to the premiership. I’m sure he can.
Time will tell but he is approaching legendary status, the boy can be as good as he wants to be and I think he is twigging this at last.
He has matured immeasurably over the past 18 months and is now becoming the player we all knew and hoped he could be. I actually give Steve Bruce some credit for this. Bruce got his fitness levels and consistency up to good levels, where he became a 90-minute player, instead of the occasional flashes with no end product. I think JT has also mentored him well. Dean Smith has spurred him on yet further.