Ahmed Elmohamady has admitted he considers Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish as his best ever teammate, despite playing alongside Liverpool superstar Mohamed Salah on the international stage.
Grealish, 24, has was key in Villa’s promotion from the Championship last season and has been instrumental since returning to the top-flight.
The attacking midfielder has five goals and five assists in his 15 games across all competitions so far this campaign.
He was unable to prevent a 2-1 midweek defeat away to Chelsea, but did score a stunning goal at the weekend to help draw at Old Trafford against Manchester United.
Elmohamady gets to share a dressing room with Salah for Egypt and the left-footed attacker has become one of the world’s best in recent years.
The £200,000-a-week (Spotrac) Liverpool star has 80 goals in 123 games for the Reds, while his Egypt record stands at 41 goals in 67 senior caps.
Elmohamady has picked Grealish as his best ever teammate, but did show some sense of realism by admitting
“I’ve played with some great players, I play with Mo Salah in the national team, but for me Jack is the best player I have ever played with,” Elmohamady told talkSPORT.
“For me, yeah. Jack is an incredible player, we see him every day in training doing some great stuff.
“He’s not better than Mo, they’re both different players. I love Mo, he’s one of the best five players in the world, but for me Jack can make the difference at any time.”
Grealish clearly isn’t anywhere near the same league as elite performer Salah, but it does go to show the kind of impact and respect he has at his boyhood club Villa.
He surely has to be closing in on a call-up to Gareth Southgate’s England squad, as he’s now performing regularly in the top-flight and is talisman for his team.
Dean Smith has managed to slot him into a wide left role recently and he’s looking a serious attacking threat when drifting in from that position.
He’s got such a low centre of gravity and is difficult to stop, which is why he draws so many tackles.