Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish produced another moment of magic in his side’s 2-1 win on Wednesday night which didn’t go unnoticed by the following Manchester United fans on Twitter, who urged their club to move for the 23-year-old. But are they right?
Ole should snap up Jack Grealish from Aston Villa. Spurs are closing in but we should hijack it. Spurs did Villa dirty last summer pricing him too low so I’m sure they will be happy to give Levy the L.
— Oloye Akin Alabi (@akinalabi) April 11, 2019
I’d take Jack Grealish from Villa…. Let him develop under Ole…. Worth a cheeky punt
— dan the man?⚪️⚫️ (@danfirth80) April 11, 2019
United got to be looking at grealish
— Andy_ (@ajs612) April 10, 2019
I’d have Grealish at United, great player.
— Danny J Price (@DannyJPrice) April 11, 2019
Jack Grealish would be a very good addition to the team, wouldn’t cost United too much, but his impact would be immediately felt in the team
— Remi Savage (@Remmysav) April 11, 2019
For far too long United have been guilty of allowing other top six clubs such as Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur snap up the best British talent from Championship clubs, and it must be their turn in the summer.
Investing in big-name players such as Paul Pogba and Alexis Sanchez has hardly worked out well for them in recent years, and perhaps now is the time for a change of direction with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at the helm permanently.
Grealish is skilful, creative and capable of scoring sublime goals, and given how he has matured in the last few years it is difficult to see him not being a favourite with the Old Trafford crowd.
The midfielder showed just how good he is – and that he is far too good to remain in the Championship if Villa stay there this term – with his goal against Rotherham in midweek.
He used his excellent close control on the left flank to eventually break towards the penalty area, where he waited until exactly the right moment before releasing Ahmed Elmohamady on the right – the Egyptian then laid the ball back to Grealish and he finished with aplomb.
The main issue is that he and Pogba would want the same spot in a 4-3-3 or 4-2-3-1 system – the most advanced midfielder in the middle.
But given the France international still isn’t performing on a consistent basis, you do begin to wonder whether he actually deserves to command such a crucial role at Old Trafford.
Grealish has the right mentality – something it can often be argued Pogba lacks – and the quality to make a difference in the final third for United, backed up by the fact that he has averaged 2.3 key passes and 1.8 dribbles per league game this term, as per WhoScored.
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On top of that he is the most fouled player in the division by a distance and probably wouldn’t cost the earth, especially if Dean Smith fails to lead Villa to promotion.
Over to you, Ed Woodward.