Gabriel Agbonlahor sends message to Jack Grealish after sealing promotion

Aston Villa secured promotion to the Premier League after a three-year exile thanks to a 2-1 win over Derby County at Wembley on Monday.

Jack Grealish, Villa’s captain, lifted the trophy which signified their return to the big-time, and Villa legend Gabriel Agbonlahor has praised his impact.

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Proud of this guy you’re going to the top bro!! CAPTAIN LEADER LEGEND @jackgrealish

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Grealish only returned from injury in March, but his return proved the catalyst for Villa’s promotion run as Dean Smith’s side won nine-in-a-row to surge into the playoffs.

The 23-year-old proved instrumental to the side, scoring four times and providing three assists along the way.

One of his most important games was in the win over Birmingham City, when he scored the winner after a fan had assaulted him.

In the final Grealish was not at his scintillating best, but the versatility and commitment the England Under 21 international showed was evidence of his determination to lead Villa back to the Premier League.

Agbonlahor believes Grealish can reach the top of the game and, judging by the scale of his development in the past two seasons, it’s difficult to argue against that verdict.