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.
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.
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 £15 million and Grealish could be considered a bargain in the near future.