Gary Mabbutt has told the Football Fancast that he wishes Tottenham Hotspur and Daniel Levy completed a deal to sign Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish two years ago – a move which fell through as Spurs failed to meet Villa’s valuation.
Grealish, 25, has been in scintillating form for both club and country of late. Having a hand in 18 goals in 41 Villa outings last term, this season Grealish has scored five and created six in nine games. He now has three England caps to his name.
Sky Sports state that Villa decided to reject a £25million offer from Spurs in the summer of 2018, despite Villa suffering financial problems at the time. He then signed a five-year deal, and is now being rated at a figure four times Spurs’ original bid.
The Independent claims Pep Guardiola wants Grealish at Manchester City, but Villa have an agreement with Grealish that he will only be sold if an offer worth £100million is tabled. Mabbutt has bemoaned Tottenham’s failure to sign him in 2018.
“I’m a big Jack Grealish fan, I have been for a long time. When I was told a couple of years ago that we had the chance of buying him, I think I made it publicly clear that I thought he’d be a great player for Spurs,” Mabbutt said.
“In the end, it didn’t happen. I believe that Grealish himself was extremely disappointed that a deal was not struck. So for me, I was very disappointed to see how well he’s done. He is a Spurs style player. I’d love to have signed him two years ago.”
TBR’s view – Would Grealish be as good as he is, if he joined Spurs?
At Villa, since Tottenham’s bid, Grealish has grown from a Championship star to one of the best players in his position in the Premier League. Would that enormous growth have occurred, had he joined Tottenham in 2018? Probably not.
That is because Grealish has been given the freedom to shine at Villa. He has the confidence of being the club’s best player, the trust of the captain’s armband and the endearing love of the supporters. His confidence is sky high.
So is his game time. Grealish starts and finishes most Villa games – perhaps apart from cup games when he gets a rest. At Spurs, his game time would have been limited. He might have been a good signing, but he would not have become what he is now.