Aston Villa’s Captain Jack Grealish has been one of the standout players in the Premier League this season and could join a new club ahead of the 2020-21 season on the back of an impressive Premier League campaign at Villa Park. Jack Grealish has been Aston Villa’s only bright spark in what has been a disappointing season for them. Before the Covid-19 pandemic brought the sporting world to a standstill, Aston Villa was lying 19th on the league table. It is very likely they would move back to the Championship at the end of the season. However, Grealish has better things coming his way as Premier League clubs like Arsenal, Tottenham, Man City, and Man United are reportedly chasing him for his services. Tottenham was very close to pulling off a 25 million pound deal for him in the summer of 2018, but the move didn’t materialize. However, among these clubs, it is Man United who is said to be the front runners in the race.
Will Jack Grealish be a good fit at Old Trafford?
Man United are said to be the clear favorites to sign Jack Grealish when the Transfer window opens in the summer and have identified him as their top midfield target ahead of Leicester City’s James Maddison.
There are speculations that Grealish will be one of Man United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s primary targets this summer as part of his long-term rebuilding exercise at Man United.
The rebuilding at Old Trafford had paid dividends on the playing squad, which had started to improve severely before football’s suspension. The fallen giants are poised to add some quality to their team to help them challenge for the league title come next season. As such, the team is on the lookout for true individualists and young talented prospects.
These targeted players are players with the ability to unlock the defenses of deep-lying opposition without any lengthy instructions from the manager. They should also possess the ability to beat a man and create space on their own and also produce moments of magic that secure three points, even without a clear battle plan. Jack Grealish, as a player, has these required abilities in his locker.
Even with Paul Pogba and winter signing Bruno Fernandes in the team, Man United still lack a playmaker with the ability to come inside off the flanks and feed the balls to the forwards. In these departments of the game, Grealish is undoubtedly a perfect fit. Grealish is also famous for winning the most fouls, winning 4.9 per match, 50% more than his closest rival in that regard, Wilfred Zaha. His output in that area proves that the Aston Villa talisman draws players towards him with his dribbling style, which at a club of Man United’s size means disrupting a defensive shell and creating room for others. His style of play has the magnetism and directness that Solskjaer’s side lacks. Grealish is also the sort of character Solskjaer needs in his dressing room as he plays with a swagger and has a natural self-confidence. A section of soccer pundits is of the view that Jack Grealish will play second fiddle to Marcus Rashford and Bruno Fernandes because his preferred positions are the number 10 role and the left flank of the attack. The problem is that both Rashford and Fernandes occupy the two areas. As such, it would make no sense for Man United to go for him. Although it will be tough to predict whether he can break into those positions or not, he is the type of player Man United needs at the moment because he is going to compete with them and also keep them on their toes. A good team should also have a good bench, especially someone who can come from the bench and change the outcome of the game when the going gets tough, and Grealish can do that.
What next for Jack Grealish and Aston Villa?
Jack Grealish can probably count on still being a Premier League player next season regardless of whether Aston Villa stays up or not. In the Premier League this season, Grealish has played 26 times, scoring seven goals and assisting six more than any other English midfielder. As such, many believe that he is the biggest reason why Aston Villa is not adrift at the bottom of the Premier League. His superb performance so far this season has made excellent managers like Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho gush over him. Grealish has not received the attention of fellow homegrown youngsters like Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho. However, he has earned his place in the top list of English football’s next-generation stars, and this summer could see his stock rise even higher.