Aston Villa talisman Jack Grealish has been backed by his former teammate, and good friend, Callum Robinson, as reported by The Express & Star.
As youngsters, the two players came through Villa’s academy together, and have stayed in touch, which saw Grealish try to get Robinson back to Villa Park during the January transfer window.
However, the Republic of Ireland international moved across the city, joining West Bromwich Albion on loan from Sheffield United for the rest of the season.
Despite not rejoining Grealish, the 25-year-old has spoken of him very highly: “We are best friends. He tried to give me a call to say ‘come to Villa’. He is obviously a great footballer. I’m really happy for him at how it’s gone this season. He deserves an England call-up in March.”
He went on to discuss the impact he can have on their survival hopes: “To be fair, I think they’ll be alright you know. I think it’s going to be a struggle, but I think they’ll be alright.
“If Jack stays fit, they’ve always got a chance of winning games. He’s always involved in goals, I think they’ve got enough.”
Grealish has performed superbly since returning to the Premier League, being a massive reason as to why Villa currently find themselves outside of the relegation zone.
In 23 Premier League starts, the 24-year-old has provided seven goals and two assists, while adding a further two goals in the club’s run to the Carabao Cup final.
Grealish has a far wider impact going forward than finishing off moves, as shown by the fact that he makes 2.7 key passes and 2.4 dribbles per game. In addition to that, he is fouled 4.8 times on average, highlighting how desperate defenders can be to stop him.
Considering how effective he has been in a Villa shirt, there can definitely be a case made that Grealish should be in the England team, while he is also handing his club an enhanced chance of staying in the Premier League.