In an exclusive interview with Football FanCast, former Aston Villa midfielder Lee Hendrie has warned his old side of the consequences that would come with selling star man Jack Grealish.
Grealish is currently being linked with a move to Manchester City, and Hendrie believes any potential sale would send the wrong message to summer targets, possibly detracting them from the club.
The 25-year-old attacking midfielder has been in scintillating form this season, scoring six goals and providing 10 assists in the current Premier League campaign. Furthermore, it is no surprise that a team like Manchester City are interested in his services.
On the potential ramifications of selling Grealish in the next transfer window, Hendrie told FFC:
“Grealish, you know, I’ve got to sit on the fence with. I don’t know whether he’ll stay, but if you’re keeping players like that, you’re attracting bigger players. If you’re selling Jack Grealish, you’re not going to get the players you want in through the door.”
Without a doubt, selling Grealish this summer really could be detrimental to Villa after a season where they have made an incredible amount of progress. Dean Smith’s men are in contention for European football next term and currently have the third-best defensive record in the Premier League.
Losing their best player could set them back while giving them an image of being a selling club, an image that may put off any ambitious transfer targets the Villans have for the next window.