Jack Grealish has one goal in mind at the moment, and that’s promotion to the Premier League.
Some fantastic displays against the likes of Birmingham and Wolves in the second half of the season have shown off his true talent, and he is keen to continue in the same vein in what he describes as the “perfect” environment:
“I think I’ve had a bit of a stop-start career. I came onto the scene quite early and then I paused for a bit. I had a nasty injury at the start of the season and it kind of put stuff into perspective. Not playing football for six months was a big blow.
“I’ve come back and I’m doing quite well at the moment. I’ve got the perfect manager, the perfect staff and the perfect team to play with. Hopefully, we can get promoted.”
Of course, his future is not just down to him. A report in the Mirror last week suggested that the club may be forced into selling the playmaker for £20m if we don’t make to the top flight this year.
They say the end of parachute payments combined with Financial Fair Play rules could see us sell off some of the team’s stars, with Jack the most prized asset we have.
Steve Bruce responded defiantly to the report stating the 22-year-old is worth at least double that going by what players are going for on the market at the moment.
Personally, it would be hard to take if the midfielder was ever allowed to leave Villa Park. As a boyhood fan who has come through the ranks of the club, he embodies everything we want to see in the claret and blue.
A creative talent with a strong desire to fight for the shirt, you can’t really ask for much more. Yet, there will be financial pressures if we do remain in this division for another year.
There’s no point dwelling too much on this, as there is still so much football to be played this campaign, but I can imagine that a club like Leicester will test the waters this summer if we do stay a Championship club.
No matter what happens though, Tony Xia will appreciate that offloading such a talented player would cause a great deal of resentment. Certainly, to some extent, it depends on the player as well but Jack’s loyalty to the team looks unquestionable currently.
Hopefully, we seal promotion and this speculation over our no.10 goes away. It would be great to see the lad really kick-on and playing a key role in re-establishing us in the Premier League.