Date: 28th September 2018 at 12:30pm
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Aston Villa star Jack Grealish has been poor by his own self-set standards of last season but in many ways, given the summer he suffered following woeful running by Dr Tony Xia and the always sensible ‘eggs in one basket’ business plan, there was always going to be a hangover of sorts and shoehorning him lately out on the left wing hasn’t helped.

Speaking to the Telegraph this week after penning his new five-year contract at the club, Grealish admitted the period had been unsettling and he did think he was off to Tottenham Hotspur, and obviously his thoughts had turned to getting into the England squad by the end of the season as well as playing Champions League football.

“Of course there’s going to be disappointment there. They’ve beaten Manchester United 3-0 at Old Trafford, they’re playing Barcelona in the Champions League next week. I felt that if I’d gone there I could have maybe been in the England squad by the end of the year. At the start of the season my head was swivelled, it was all over the place. Even after the transfer window closed, until the end of August, I wasn’t right.”

Some will blast his honesty, I quite like it because he’s not really saying anything most hadn’t already guessed for themselves.

Having his head turned is only natural, it shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone especially as the club were trying to jettison him to cover the mistakes of others.

“I thought I was leaving. Before the new owners, Villa needed the money so I kind of accepted that me going would save the club. It’s not like I was devastated it didn’t happen, though, because I’ve still got to realise how lucky I am to be playing for my boyhood club. I’ve played over 100 games for Villa and I’ve only just turned 23.”

What matters now is how he gets his form back on track and how we support him to do that. The contract is a statement of intent from our owners, but also Jack in many ways and his own future is in his hands.

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5 Replies to “Grealish Admits Disappointment As His Head Had Turned To Spurs”

  • 2 goals and 6 assists last season? Thinks he’s Pele. He’d have been bit part for Spurs at best. He should turn his head to doing the business for us, the rest will take care of itself. They want too much too soon imho.

  • No problem with the honesty, its better than saying bullshit just to keep the fans happy. He does need to up his game though, he’s been nowhere near as effective as the back half of last season. He may have played 2 games on the left but he hasn’t been doing it down the middle either and he cant play as part of a 2 man central midfield. Start playing as well as last season and the top teams will be sniffing around him again.

  • As a Spurs fan, I was gutted we didn’t manage to bring young Jack to the club. I watched a fair bit of him last season and I think he would have kicked on and flourished with us had he come, but fair play to him, he’s playing for his boyhood club and that’s the ultimate dream of any young football fan who spent years cheering them on from the terraces. We know because we have Harry Kane in the same position.

  • I agree with you Mike. JG is being perfectly honest in his statements which ( to be fair to him ) are very rare. He wanted to stay at Villa but he also wanted to progress his career and was under considerable pressure to do so.
    Nothing wrong with that – all perfectly logical.
    I wanted JG to stay at Villa because I believe he is an exceptional talent and we had a better chance of obtaining promotion with him rather than without him. I still believe that and am very happy that he is still with us.
    Having said that, he is still young and needs good coaching in order to progress. He also needs to be in a central position with an attacking role rather than being stuck out wide and/or picking up balls so deep that his ability is not used. I think we all know what is required in order to make that happen.

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