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Jack Grealish could become next Dele Alli at Tottenham under Mauricio Pochettino

Tottenham are in pursuit of the Championship talent.

Jamie Watts

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Tottenham Hotspur are said to have offered £15 million for Aston Villa’s midfield prodigy Jack Grealish this week, according reports from Sky Sports, and the Englishman would be well equipped for success under Mauricio Pochettino.

The club are said to be vying for another attacking talent to improve the supply line for Harry Kane, but many were surprised by Spurs’ decision to venture into the lower divisions in search of talent.

However, Pochettino has made a name for himself with developing young players, last time notably producing the Tottenham and England regular we all rave about today, Dele Alli.

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The Argentine delved into League One for the first time in six years to secure the midfielder’s signature from MK Dons in 2015, and it’s safe to say he made a brilliant decision three-years on.

Grealish is clearly developing year by year, and his time in the Championship has improved his game significantly. In-fact, Villa have won 58% of games that the 22-year-old started, compared to 48% without.

He models his game around creating openings for teammates in the final third, which is why Pochettino and co are so interested this summer. His 83.7% pass succession in the opposition half was among the best in the division, bettering the likes of Championship Player of the Season, Ryan Sessegnon.

It’s evident from his natural ability, and confidence in possession that Grealish has an incredible amount of potential, and if one man is capable of unlocking it, it’s Pochettino.

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The Argentine has a knack for developing players in their ideal positions, accommodating them in the right tactical set-up with the right teammates around them, and it wouldn’t be surprising to see Grealish in the starting lineup for both club and country three years down the line should he join.

Financially the deal is also a bonus, as other attacking targets are being touted for fees far in excess of £18 million and Grealish could be considered a bargain in the near future.

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£22m James Maddison deal gives Aston Villa their Jack Grealish benchmark

Tottenham hotspur are said to be keen on a move for the Aston Villa talent.

Mathew Nash

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Leicester City have completed the signing of midfielder James Maddison from Norwich City. According to the Leicester Mercury, the Foxes will pay a fee of £22 million to bring the player to the King Power and fans will hope he can become a star with the club.

The news should be of interest to fans at Aston Villa. Steve Bruce’s side are currently facing financial trouble after failing to win promotion to the Premier League. Two years of big spending by Tony Xia has left them short of Financial Fair Play and big names are set to leave.

One such player is Jack Grealish. The playmaker was brilliant for the club after recovering from a hip injury last season. Seemingly grown up from the earlier controversies in his career, Grealish is interesting a number of top clubs in the Premier League.

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One such team is Tottenham Hotspur. According to The Mirror, Spurs have even made a £15 million offer for the player.

That fee is not expected to be enough for Grealish, with different outlets reporting £30 million or £40 million being his going rate.

However, with Maddison going for £22 million, is that now the bar Spurs need to meet to get Grealish.

Both players are of a similar standard and Aston Villa can easily now ask for £22 million for the player. As for Spurs, they can now stop themselves going to far above such a price-tag, by highlighting Maddison as the going rate.

At £22 million, it would be hard for Aston Villa to reject an offer for their midfield maestro.

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Aston Villa fans react with joy as Carlos Sanchez is first man sent off at World Cup

The Colombian midfielder has become the first man sent off at this year’s World Cup.

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Colombia’s start to the World Cup did not go according to plan against Japan. Just two minutes into their opening game a mistake from Davinson Sanchez of Tottenham Hotspur let the Samurai Blue in at goal. Eventually, an effort at an empty net was handled by a Colombia player, preventing a goal.

The result was a Japan penalty and a red card for the Colombia player in question – midfield general Carlos Sanchez.

This immediately caused hilarity among fans of Aston Villa.

The Colombian may be a regular for his country, and has done well in recent years with Fiorentina and Espanyol, but at Villa he never really got going.

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He played 56 times for the club over two seasons but was part of the Villa team that finished way off the pace at the bottom of the top-flight in 2015-16.

So he is not exactly fondly remembered by fans at Villa Park.

So after Sanchez decided to take matters, quite literally, into his own hands, it caused quite a stir on social media among fans of the Midlands club.

Of course, Aston Villa are currently on the lookout for a goalkeeper this summer. Sam Johnstone’s loan deal from Manchester United is over and Bruce needs a new stopper.

Looks like Sanchez could do a decent job between the sticks himself…

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Birkir Bjarnason highlights Steve Bruce error by shackling Messi and co

The Icelandic midfielder put in an exceptional performance at the World Cup this weekend.

Mathew Nash

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Two years ago saw Iceland midfielder Birkir Bjarnason first come to Europe’s attention with some excellent performances in the European Championships. Now, he is doing the same thing on the world stage.

The 30-year-old midfielder put in an exceptional performance for his country this weekend as they drew 1-1 with Argentina. He delivered a brilliant man-marking exercise on Lionel Messi which kept the Barcelona hero quiet for much of the 90 minutes.

The Aston Villa star was the talk of Twitter with his crunching challenges and relentless pressure telling on the Argentina superstars. Pictures comparing him to Thor abounded.

What this performance also showed is how big a mistake Aston Villa boss Steve Bruce made in the Championship play-off final.

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Bjarnason was left on the bench by Bruce for the biggest game of Villa’s season. Bjarnason is a big game player. He has played in the Champions League and Europa League with Basel and in numerous crunch fixtures with Iceland. Leaving a player of this magnitude on the bench v Fulham was a massive error and it was highlighted yesterday afternoon as he shackled the Albiceleste.

Bjarnason turned his Villa career around after nearly leaving in January and wants to stay next season, despite the play-off snub. However, with the World Cup a massive showcase more performances like this will see him hit the radar of other teams.

Given Aston Villa’s current financial situation a handsome offer for the midfielder would be accepted.

But if not, ‘Thor’ could play a huge role in keeping Aston Villa competitive next season.

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