Speaking exclusively to Football FanCast, former Aston Villa midfielder Lee Hendrie has tipped Jack Grealish to go on and become one of the greatest Premier League players of all time.
Grealish has been in stunning form this season, helping fire Villa into European contention.
In 22 Premier League appearances, the 25-year-old attacking midfielder has scored six goals and provided 10 assists, firmly establishing himself as the team’s chief playmaker.
He has certainly kicked on from the last campaign, where he also posted some pretty decent numbers, and Hendrie is now backing him to reach the summit of English football in the future.
In an exclusive interview with FFC, the ex-Villa player said:
“I’ve spoken to Jack many times, you know, quite pally with him and good friends with his dad as well. I haven’t spoken to him quite recently, but I often enough send him a message, compliment him on how he’s played and things like that. Yeah, there’s always been that comparison and likeness with me and Jack.”
Discussing Grealish further, Hendrie went on to say:
“I’ve had conversations with Jack, that he could go on and be the next best thing. It’s all down to him, and I feel that he believes that himself as well. I just think he’s at a stage now where, you know, lots of clubs are talking about him, the international scene, and I just feel that he is an immense talent that certainly can go on and be one of the best Premier League players of all time, I really do.
“He’s got that individual brilliance that not many have. I’ve always said to Jack, ‘you just keep doing that sort of thing’.”
Next up for Villa in the Premier League is a clash against relegation candidates Fulham, a fixture manager Dean Smith will be hoping to have Grealish back for following his recent absence. The England international has missed his side’s last six games due to injury, and his return will undoubtedly come as a huge boost to the team.