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Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish responds to Graeme Souness criticism

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Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish responds to Graeme Souness criticism

Jack Grealish has issued a response on Twitter after Graeme Souness delivered a scathing assessment of the Aston Villa captain’s style of play – criticising the playmaker for “holding onto the ball for too long”.

Grealish, 24, has won plenty of admirers for his performances this season – having a hand in 17 goals during his 36 league and cup appearances for the Midlands outfit. He has scored nine and created eight.

It has seen Villa’s number 10 close in on an England call-up, only for the global health crisis to prevent him from getting such a chance. It is widely expected that Grealish will leave Villa, if they are relegated this season.

Plenty of clubs have been linked, including Liverpool and Manchester United – but Souness is not a fan. During Sky Sports’ coverage of Liverpool’s 2-0 win over Villa on Sunday, Souness was critical of the Villa ace.

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“When I was playing I would not want to have been the most fouled player in the Premier League,” Souness said on Sky Sports – as per The Mirror. “That means I’m holding onto the ball too long.

“That means I’m not seeing the picture early enough, taking too many touches when I don’t need to. There’s no doubt about it he has ability, easy on the eye, silky. But I’m yet to be convinced by him.”

 
A fan posted stats that showed Grealish had in fact created the second most amount of chances from a single player in the Premier League this season – behind only Manchester City’s superstar Kevin De Bruyne.

That prompted a response from Grealish, who has obviously taken note of Liverpool legend Souness’ criticism. He responded to the supporter, claiming you “can’t please everyone”.

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