Andy Gray has made an extraordinary claim on BeIN Sports about Aston Villa playmaker Jack Grealish, claiming the uncapped Englishman would get into any of England’s top-six sides – even Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool.
Grealish, 24, has been in excellent form for Villa this season despite promotion to the Premier League. He has had a hand in 11 goals during his 20 league games, scoring six and creating five – but even with his form, Villa face relegation.
Linked with a chance to shine in Gareth Southgate’s England squad, Grealish has also been linked with moves to the likes of Manchester United and Tottenham in the past. With Villa facing the drop, a move this summer could occur.
Gray is confident Grealish would get into the starting line-up of any top-six side, claiming he would walk into Spurs’ team, is better than Liverpool’s Gini Wijnaldum and Naby Keita, would replace David Silva – and is better than Mason Mount.
“Jack is 24 now. There is a decision coming at the end of the season,” Gray said. “Sadly, I hate to say this, but I don’t think he will be there come August. He would make any of the top six better, and I include Liverpool in this.
“He’s better than any of Liverpool’s midfield players. I think he’s better than Keita, Wijnaldum. I think he would get into Manchester City’s side. It’s the way the ball is almost part of his body, he creates things. His work ethic has improved.
“He would walk into Spurs’ side, he’s better than Mason Mount. If he is getting sold in the summer, I guarantee a host of the biggest clubs would be after him. If [Harry] Maguire has gone for £80million, well, Grealish is better than him.”
TBR’s view – Where is best for Grealish?
Liverpool’s midfield would simply not suit Grealish. Jurgen Klopp’s engine room are not known for their goals and there is a reason for that, to allow Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson to shine from full-back – and the front three to excel.
Chelsea have got players like Grealish in Mount, Ross Barkley and more. Arsenal have Mesut Ozil, though the German could leave The Emirates sooner rather than later. Manchester City also have plenty of attacking midfielders.
David Silva is leaving but Pep Guardiola loves Phil Foden, and is likely to place his faith in the latter as Silva’s replacement. For Grealish, his best move would be Manchester United or to replace Christian Eriksen at Tottenham.