Former Aston Villa midfielder Lee Hendrie has told Football FanCast in an exclusive interview how Jack Grealish can evolve as a player.
Grealish has caused absolute havoc in the Premier League this season, scoring six goals and setting up another 10. Statistically, the 25-year-old attacking midfielder is also one of the best dribblers in the division (per WhoScored), making him a player that defenders should absolutely fear.
To go that one step further, though, Hendrie believes Grealish needs to reduce the amount of time he spends on the left flank during games and start drifting into other areas more frequently.
Speaking exclusively to FFC about how the England international can improve, the ex-Villa player said:
“I always speak to Jack on every level. I wouldn’t ever tell him, you know, how to play and how he should be doing things. To be honest, the only thing I would say to Jack, nothing to do with his dribbling ability because he’s got fabulous balance, he’s got great movement and his agility to go past players is second to none.
“So, I mean, the only thing I would say to Jack is sometimes he does stay out on that left-hand side and it’s been recently that teams have [put] that man-marker. I know he relishes the fact of being man-marked, but sometimes it’s just drifting into other areas where he’s going to cause a problem.”
Looking at how often he is fouled, it is fair to say that Grealish is a player who does earn special attention from the opposition in matches.
According to WhoScored, the Villa captain is currently being fouled 4.5 times per game, which is the highest average in the Premier League.