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Aston Villa talisman Jack Grealish impressed on his return to the middle

Jack Grealish impressed as he returned to playing in a central role for Aston Villa during their 1-0 win against Norwich City.

On the chalkboard

The 24-year-old is a talismanic figure at Villa Park, having helped to get his boyhood club promoted to the Premier League through the play-offs, then following that up with impressive performances in the top flight.

He even excelled after being moved out onto the left-wing by Dean Smith, despite the manager’s decision being an unpopular one.

However, following John McGinn’s ankle fracture, he was moved back into a central role against the Canaries, with Douglas Luiz and Marvelous Nakamba starting behind him.

While the circumstances that led to the move will still be disappointing for those at Villa, solace can be taken from Grealish’s performance in the midfield.

Back in the centre

He was an integral part of the game’s biggest moment, taking the ball past Alexander Tettey with a nice piece of skill, before playing a perfectly-weighted ball for Conor Hourihane to hit first-time, sending it past Tim Krul.

There was also a lot of creativity shown on the ball outside of that moment, as he made two key passes, completed all four of his attempted dribbles and got two shots off.

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The 24-year-old showed an efficiency that is quite impressive considering how progressive he is in his play, completing 83% of the passes that he attempted.

His statistics also show that the Villa man was dominant in his battles, as he was successful in his solitary tackle attempt and won three of his four aerial duels throughout the match.

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He was even awarded Man of the Match by WhoScored, with a rating of 8.3, which was 0.2 ahead of his closest competitor Kortney Hause.

Overall, it was a big performance from a player Villa have come to rely upon in what was a massive game for the club, taking them within a point of getting out of the relegation zone.

With McGinn out, Villa will need more of the same from Grealish in the coming months.

In other news, a Villa midfielder was hailed for their match-winning contribution against Norwich.

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