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‘Eye-catching’, ‘first-class’: Sky Sports pundit raves about Spurs-linked £60m ‘lovely footballer’

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‘Eye-catching’, ‘first-class’: Sky Sports pundit raves about Spurs-linked £60m ‘lovely footballer’

Sky Sports pundit Charlie Nicholas has named Aston Villa captain and reported Tottenham Hotspur target Jack Grealish in his Premier League Team of the Season so far.

Last summer, Spurs were once again being linked with Grealish, the Mirror reporting that the North Londoners were keeping tabs on him once again.

The Villa skipper, who nearly joined Tottenham in 2018 and is also believed to be on Manchester United’s radar, is reported to have a £60million buyout clause.

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It’s little surprise for Grealish to reportedly such a hefty price tag on him, but this season he has proven himself at the highest level, his performances a rare shining light during a poor campaign for Dean Smith’s side.

“Jack Grealish has had a first-class season, and he has actually been better than James Maddison I feel,” Nicholas told Sky Sports.

“A lot doing comparisons between the two. He has been carrying the Aston Villa attack for a while. I understand how Jeff Stelling and the others have the debate around whether Ross Barkley, Mason Mount, Maddison or Grealish should play in that spot.

 

“There is an abundance of talent, but Grealish has stood up to it. He wanted the ball and has shown maturity that I have never seen before. He is a lovely footballer and has tried to offer so much more than that for Villa.

“He has come on even more since Tottenham were linked and that price tag is going to continue to go up and up. As much as Villa are a mess, Grealish is an eye-catching player, so he definitely makes the team.”

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With Aston Villa perilously close to suffering relegation back to the Championship, Grealish is not expected to regress back to the second tier with his club, and a move back to the Premier League could be on the cards.

Tottenham are in need of bolstering their ranks this summer and the 24-year-old, who reportedly earns £70,000-a-week, would be a high-calibre acquisition for any top-flight outfit.

Admittedly, Grealish won’t come cheap, but given how well he has done this campaign – indeed, being named in a Team of the Season despite playing for a relegation-threatened club – he would undoubtedly be worth it.

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