Kieran Richardson is blown away by the quality of Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish and has described him as a real physical presence.
The 24-year-old has been one of the standout players so far this season for his team following their return to the Premier League.
He’s played 16 games across all competitions so far this term, scoring six goals and supplying five assists.
The English playmaker prefers to slot into a central midfield role, but manager Dean Smith has used him as a left-winger in recent months and it’s given him a licence to be more creative in the final third.
Richardson, who was a former teammate of Grealish at Villa, considers him to be a great player and described him as a “unit”.
“He’s so strong, he rides challenges, even if you knock him down he’ll just get back up and keep going. He’s very confident on the ball, he’ll take the ball whenever he can, he’s a top player,” Richardson told BBC Radio 5 Live Sport.
“The way he’s built as well, he’s massive. His legs are absolutely massive. Even when I first saw him I was like this guy is a unit.”
Grealish is certainly a difficult opponent to dispossess due to the way he shields the ball and he certainly does have a good amount of strength.
His form this season is going to be vital in shaping if the Midlands giants avoid relegation in the Premier League.
They currently sit 17th in the league table just above the relegation places on goal difference, but have shown enough this season to suggest they can stay up.
Villa travel to Sheffield United on Saturday afternoon for their next league match and it will be no surprise if Grealish turns out to be a match-winner for the visitors.