Aston Villa manager Dean Smith has praised Jack Grealish for a brilliant display against Brighton.
The midfielder was at the heart of everything for Villa during the 2-1 home win against the Seagulls, and contributed a goal and an assist.
The performance will only strengthen the 24-year-old’s case to play for England, something Villa fans have been campaigning strongly for since early in the season.
Luckily for Grealish, Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate was in attendance for the game.
Smith was delighted with Grealish’s display, labelling his showing as ‘a captain’s performance’.
Speaking to the club’s official YouTube after the game, he said: “Jack was pivotal in that as well. I thought he was excellent – a captain’s performance really. Three points, a captain’s performance, and goal and an assist for Matt Targett.”
TBR’s view – Grealish for England?
Grealish has been in tremendous form following Villa’s promotion to the Premier League and along with John McGinn, has been central to everything good about Smith’s side in the top-flight so far.
The star is playing with a real maturity, and protects the ball so impressively.
Grealish possesses a brilliant ability to ghost past players, which is a trait not possessed by too many of England’s current midfield options.
Southgate is able to boast some excellent passers, but few can advance with the ball as effectively as the Villa star.