There are a plethora of Premier League clubs linked with Jack Grealish. Leicester City are interested, but would he fit in at the King Power?
I saw Jack Grealish score a stunner for Aston Villa at Leicester in 2015, his debut goal for the club. Leicester’s Nathan Dyer completed an incredible fight-back victory. Another volcanic celebration erupted at the King Power.
It was eight months until the Foxes lifted the Premier League trophy. While simultaneously the Villains suffered relegation, regardless of quality players like the 22-year-old. Meanwhile, he maintained a high-profile at Villa Park, consequently attracting many admirers.
Throughout his time in the Championship; the playmaker has made 61 league appearances, scoring and assisting 16 goals along the way.
Jack Grealish is an intelligent footballer, picking the killer-pass or successfully going alone, the versatility working in his favor.
A luxurious ready replacement
City need to retain their fast-paced counter-attacks, while giving Puel’s more methodical possession style a chance. Requiring a more steadied forward thinking innovator on the ball, like the 22-year-old.
Although I rate Adrien Silva as a person and player, it is unclear as to whether he suits English football.
Grealish’s former boss Tim Sherwood certainly valued him, speaking in November 2017:
"“You’d think he’s a millions miles away from that (England team), but perhaps he’s not,” – Tim Sherwood (Via: Yahoo Sports)"
Literally half of the Premier League are reportedly interested in transferring the Englishman. The latest clubs monitoring are Tottenham, along with Newcastle, according to media reports.
A creative midfielder of youthful quality needs nurture, a starting position and solid man-management. Mauricio Pochettino would provide the latter most effectively; a great motivator, while relating to his players.
However, a starting place is not available for Grealish; Dele Alli, Christian Eriksen and Erik Lamela are more advanced. Hypothetically, that standing is correct.
Newcastle, or more importantly Leicester, can provide what the England under-21 international needs. A home and valued position in the side.
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If Riyad Mahrez does leave the King Power, Grealish can become Puel’s replacement ‘luxury player’. Naturally I am aware, as you and Leicester are, that Mahrez and his prospective English replacement are completely different.
Algerian Mahrez is most deadly as a left-footed right-winger. Grealish plays ‘in-the-hole’ behind strikers and as a central attacking midfielder or ‘No.10′. Both have minimal defensive duties.
Though it is a miraculous shared attribute of winning a stagnant game with a moment of genius which draws their comparisons, Demarai Gray failed to utilise his City opportunities.
Fousenni Diabate is likely to compliment the Foxes’ target. Yet a worker like Marc Albrighton is rather necessary alongside luxury colleagues, due to lack of tracking back.
Villa need a cash influx
If City lose their talisman, there is another waiting. While, intriguingly revealing of their current financial problems, is Aston Villa’s £40m valuation of Grealish.
This week’s news announcement put Villa’s fiscal issues in public view. They narrowly missed out on Premier League promotion through playoffs. Which would have given them a monetary lifeline.
However, they find themselves facing a winding-up-order as a result of huge debts.
Grealish is apparently grounded, despite typical youthful exuberance we all suffer from.
He did succumb to young rich life, passing out in Tenerife in 2015. Then a nightclub visit following a heavy defeat at Goodison Park. Being banished to under-21s gave him a fresh insight to his conduct.
Most people have been there. At the least, ill-advised overindulgence. Well, maybe it is just me and Grealish.
Although someone constantly showing those aspects of a personality would not graduate through England youth teams.
Villa’s starlet has done so and anyone of his ability deserves a second chance at elite level.
With the addition of Jonny Evans this week, Leicester are aiming for European qualification. Is adding this exciting, distinctly rated player to their roster helpful?