So Aston Villa’s recent Premier League misery continues.
Dean Smith’s side travelled to Southampton on Saturday afternoon on the back of two successive defeats in the top-flight, and knew a positive result was crucial in their bid to stave off relegation this season.
But an early Shane Long strike and a late Stuart Armstrong goal was enough to consign them to yet another loss, and one man who struggled to inspire his team, was Jack Grealish.
The Villa captain has been his side’s biggest talisman this season, netting nine goals and providing a further eight assists.
But against the Saints, the 24-year-old had an afternoon to forget. As per Sofascore, he had a 77% pass accuracy, had no shots on target whatsoever, failed to complete any of his eight attempted crosses, and lost possession a mammoth 23 times.
After seeing his performance, Villa fans took to Twitter to voice their thoughts on the midfielder, with many slamming his performance and failing to excuse him.
Grealish included to this aswell. Everybody has been shocking today. Samatta only one showing fight and defending from the front. https://t.co/sVbRghjMH4
— Joe (@AvGrant1) February 22, 2020
Embarrassing performance, Douglas Luiz, Grealish both awful, Baston did more than the rest of them when he came on with a few nice touches, barely had a shot all game. Smith has to take a lot of the blame #AVFC
— James (@jamess_c9) February 22, 2020
We have been poor, even Grealish
— Laurie Jones (@Lauriewfjones) February 22, 2020
Grealish has had a shocker today #avfc
— The B6 Broadcast (@B6Broadcast) February 22, 2020
Grealish has been woeful today, it must be said.
— Adam (@AdzW90) February 22, 2020
Grealish’s worst game in a villa shirt by far won’t be convinced otherwise. Include Guilbert in that bracket too
— Eli🥶🥶🥶🥶 (@EliAVFC) February 22, 2020
One fan meanwhile took a particularly extreme response, suggesting that he should never play for the club again.
Grealish should never play for us again, misses sitters all the time and shows no heart
— Israr 🧙♂️ (@anwarelghazi21) February 22, 2020
Another supporter meanwhile simply admitted that Villa have got “absolutely nothing” when Grealish has a bad day at the office.
Soon as Grealish has a bad game, we’ve got absolutely nothing 😂😂 get him playing for some good ASAP
— Ben Ford (@B_Ford11) February 22, 2020
If anyone is allowed an off-day, then Grealish would be that man.
It is almost an impossible task for people to expect the £31.5m-rated ace to deliver the goods week-in and week-out.
He needs support from the rest of his teammates, and whenever he is off the boil, as he was against Southampton, then it’s up to everyone else to lift their games and ensure Villa remain competitive.