Speaking on Love Sport Radio, former Manchester United forward Daniel Nardiello has delivered his verdict on rumoured transfer targets Jack Grealish and James Maddison.
According to recent reports, the Red Devils are targeting a £160m double swoop for Villa’s Grealish and Leicester’s Maddison this summer.
But whilst Nardiello acknowledged the duo are impressive, he admitted Grealish just shaded it for him, and questioned whether they could even play in the same team together.
He said: “I prefer Grealish. I think he is an unbelievable talent, as is Madison but for me Grealish just pips it. I’m not convinced myself whether they would both fit into the same team.
“Grealish just carried that Aston Villa team through the whole season. He’s got everything a midfielder needs; he can score goals, he can create goals, nobody can get the ball off him, his passing is phenomenal, he’s started to work a lot harder, puts a few tackles in here and there.
“I just think he’s more of an all-round talent and it’s a natural talent as well. He can glide past players and make things look so effortless and for me just pips Maddison.”
Judging by how both have performed this season in the Premier League, United would be onto a winner by signing either of them. However, going off simply statistics, Grealish appears to be the better bet.
In 27 games this campaign, Grealish has scored nine goals and provided a further seven assists, whilst Maddison on the other hand has nine goals and three assists in 30 matches. So the Villa man slightly shades it in terms of numbers, but the fact he appears to be doing it for a side battling against relegation this year makes his achievements that much more impressive.
Maddison is shining in a Leicester team that are in the thick of Champions League qualification for next season, and has the likes of Jamie Vardy to play off of. Grealish could therefore see his own standards rise considerably more by playing alongside Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Bruno Fernandes amongst others. But if they can manage to pull off deals for both of them, then United would have an abundance of riches in that attacking midfield position.