Manchester City have been linked with a move for Aston Villa ace Jack Grealish in recent weeks and the Englishman’s superb performances this season suggest that he could be the man to replace David Silva at Manchester City.
It was suggested by the Daily Star recently that the Citizens are considering a January move for the Villa captain, after his excellent start to the 2020/21 season.
The England international has enjoyed an incredible start to the new season for Dean Smith’s side, having contributed four goals and five assists in just seven top-flight appearances for the Villans, resulting in an average rating of 8.18 (per WhoScored).
This puts the 25-year-old behind just Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane in terms of the league’s best performers so far this season, so it is no surprise that he is attracting interest from teams such as Manchester City.
Pep Guardiola’s side are still coping with the loss of the legendary David Silva after he joined Real Sociedad on a free transfer this summer following a hugely successful spell with the Citizens.
In 10 years with the club, the Spanish magician would go on to make an incredible 436 appearances, contributing 77 goals and 140 assists (per Transfermarkt).
Whilst there is obvious expectation on the shoulders of young Phil Foden to step up as the 34-year-old’s successor, he is just 20-years-old, whereas Grealish would bring a lot of experience, as well as leadership, to this Manchester City team should he join the club.
That said he won’t come cheap with his club valuing him at £80m in the summer, and you’d expect, following Villa’s impressive start to the new season and the fact that Grealish signed a new five-year contract in September, that it would take a huge offer for them to let their captain leave.
The playmaker impressed England manager Gareth Southgate in his first start for his country against Belgium last week, with the former Middlesbrough boss saying:
“I thought Jack Grealish had an absolutely outstanding game. Losing Raheem Sterling and Marcus Rashford, we lose a lot of speed. But I can’t fault the attacking play until the last chance.
“I saw what I knew I would see from Jack, someone with the bravery to play. He took the ball in tight areas, his technique was good, we knew he would buy a lot of free-kicks. I thought he was outstanding – he should be delighted. I explained to him what we wanted to see when we brought him in in September.” (per BBC Sport)
Therefore, the midfielder is clearly rated highly and it would difficult to argue against him being a success with Manchester City should he opt to leave Villa to join Guardiola’s side in the near future.