Tottenham have moved into pole position to sign Aston Villa youngster Jack Grealish.
A report from the Telegraph this week claimed Mauricio Pochettino has made Grealish a “prime target” this summer, and Spurs are now odds on to sign the youngster.
According to Oddschecker, the North Londoners are just 10/11 to sign the feisty midfielder, with some bookmakers even suspending betting on the move.
It now seems like a matter of “when” rather than “if”, and the move makes perfect sense for Spurs.
While some fans may turn their noses up as the prospect of pursuing Championship players while their rivals pursue much bigger names, Aston Villa’s precarious financial situation means a deal could be worth just £15m, which should be a no brainer for a player with this much potential.
According to the Telegraph report, Aston Villa want £40m for Grealish, but with the Villans on the brink of administration, they will likely be forced to sell their most valuable asset for a lot less. Add in Levy’s propensity to grab a bargain, and it’s easy to understand why the report says the deal could be closer to £15m.
The last time Spurs signed a young English talent from the lower leagues, it was a talented but fiery youngster named Dele Alli, who like Grealish was just needing to add consistency to his obvious potential.
Grealish ticks every box Alli did when he made the move to North London. He’s great with the ball at his feet, quick, direct, skilful, and most importantly he has that winning edge that opposition fans and players will hate.
Despite an injury-hit season, the 22 year-old still managed three goals and six assists for Steve Bruce’s Villa side, and was the standout performer in their playoff run.
With Mousa Dembele nearing the exit door in North London, Pochettino needs someone that can carry the ball forward from midfield, and there aren’t many players who can do that better than Grealish, especially at just £15m.
The youngster started his career as a winger, but has excelled more centrally under Bruce, averaging three dribbles and two key passes per game last season.
If Spurs are looking for another Dele Alli, then Grealish is just about as close as they could get, and if there’s any manager that can take the talented youngster to the next level it’s Pochettino.
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