With Liverpool now having reportedly joined Tottenham in pursuing Jack Grealish, there has been a debate on Twitter about how big a loss the midfielder would be if he does leave Villa Park.
Of course, we would all like to see our no.10 stay but finances may play a big part in that decision.
One fan tweeted that Jack’s departure would be the “most gutting” exit he had experienced but some disagreed:
It won’t be so gutting for me as we’ve been selling our best players for 40 yrs so I’m used to it now.
— Gary Costello ???????????????????????????? (@B31villa) 21 June 2018
I would happily sell all the first team and keep Jack. Play him with the kids.
— Chez Avfc (@AvfcUTV1) 20 June 2018
Yorke to United, Benteke to Liverpool, Gray to Wolves and Rioch to Derby were all gutting, but Grealish to wherever would be the worst.
— Paul Tomlinson (@PaulTomlinsonn) 20 June 2018
Yorke to United or young to United for me! But I bloody hate United so that might be in
— putt to strutt (@Downey81) 20 June 2018
— Adam ???????????????????????????? (@AdLovesCurry) 20 June 2018
— GELD (@geldatron) 20 June 2018
Delph & Christian in one window killed me. Jack would be tough too
— S Williams⚧ (@92Swb) 21 June 2018
i understand but we cant stop his development and if it helps us financially to stay afloat thats got to be better?
— Michael Oakes (@oakesym28_oakes) 21 June 2018
Losing Barry and Milner to Man City hurt more. We’re in the championship so got to expect Grealish to leave. But Man City we’re our rivals when we lose those two to them.
— Luke Ramplin (@lukeavfc) 21 June 2018
Dwight Yorke. Jack not in the same league as him. Simple fact. Cash in and move on
— Langford (@neilisnuts) 20 June 2018
Southgate for me….. still don’t understand why he left to go to Middlesbrough (as did Ugo and Boateng)
— gareth beard (@gazjimbeard) 20 June 2018
With the likes of Milner, Young, Delph and Benteke, the big difference is that none of them came through the youth ranks of the club. Grealish’s love for the club is clear, and there is no doubt he’d only leave us reluctantly.
All the other departures from the club mentioned above were more enthusiastically greeted by the players themselves. The fact that we may have no choice but to sell our talisman, rather than a player forcing a move, makes it all the more difficult to swallow as a fan of the club.