With England manager Gareth Southgate naming his squad for the Bulgaria and Kosovo European Championship 2020 clashes in September on Thursday afternoon, as Aston Villa fans will be aware, Jack Grealish missed out on a call up for this one.
As we continue finding out feet in the top flight as we adjust, some criticism of Jack so far has hung more on the mistakes where we paid as he was caught out, but as his game statistics show so far, he continued to be incredibly influential for us, even if he hasn’t quite yet stolen the headlines like he did in the second half of the 2018/19 campaign.
With him adjusting, when he shows additional improvement, it can really only be a matter of time before he gets the call and his shot, and head coach Dean Smith has admitted that although he’ll be disappointed to miss out, seeing Tyrone Mings get in the squad will give him additional motivation to impress.
Speaking to the Birmingham Mail, Smith explained.
“I think he’s disappointed because his ambition is to play in the full England team. He’s certainly not far away and he’s knocking on the door. The England setup will be monitoring him closely. I said last season that he was too good for the Championship. He’s now finding his feet in the Premier League. He’s certainly getting better in each Premier League game. I think the position that Jack’s in there’s a lot of good players in that position as well scoring and making assists for their teams in the Premier League so he’s got a little bit more competition than the likes of Tyrone or Tom. I’m sure he’ll get through that competition soon.”
Is there anyone who doesn’t completely agree with Smith here?