Paul Merson has suggested that Newcastle United should consider a move to sign Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish this summer if a takeover is completed – and Newcastle fans have reacted on Twitter.
Grealish, 24, has had a hand in 17 goals this season – during his 31 league and cup appearances. Scoring nine times, the playmaker has laid on eight assists, proving that he is more than capable of shining in the Premier League.
The Villa skipper’s form has been so good, that he is supposedly on the verge of an England call-up and had the global health crisis not had struck, Grealish was likely to have been included in the squad for friendlies against Italy and Denmark.
Asked on Sky Sports’ The Football Show on Monday morning (10.55am) who Newcastle should sign should the reportedly imminent takeover be completed, Merson suggested Grealish.
“You’d have no chance with Kevin De Bruyne or Bruno Fernandes, but I would sign Jack Grealish,” Merson said. “When I watch Newcastle play, they haven’t got enough brave footballers.
“I played against Newcastle many times, and it was always keeping the crowd quiet. For me Jack Grealish would tick the boxes. One he would entertain and two he would like to get on the ball. Definitely, I’d take Grealish.”
Newcastle are not renowned for their ability to keep possession, with Steve Bruce preferring to play defensively and on the counter attack. Allan Saint-Maximin and Miguel Almiron’s pace allows them to do that.
Newcastle supporters have reacted on Twitter to Merson’s comments and many agree that The Toon should go after the Englishman – but they may find they have competition, with ESPN claiming Manchester United want the £60million-rated star.
Never thought I'd see the day I'd agree with anything Paul Merson said, but I'd sign Grealish in a heartbeat!!!
— David Bland (@Blandy27) April 20, 2020
I've said for ages this lad would be perfect for Newcastle. Never mind his private life foolishness, Rafa will fettle that.
— Eddie Temple (@TempleEddie) April 20, 2020
For once I actually agree with @PaulMerse this would be an excellent signing.
— Phil Round (@round_phil) April 20, 2020
I actually agree with him for once
— James Whitmore (@JLAW_BROSKI) April 20, 2020
Merson saying Toon should go for Jack Grealish, for once I agree with him
— Leroy (@LeroyNUFC) April 20, 2020
100% we should!
— Dean Dodds (@DeanDodds2) April 20, 2020
Mentioned him a good few times for us! Very good player, who I think will become even better. He’s exactly the player we miss in midfield. We lack that player that can get on the ball and play nice little 1-2’s and drift in pockets of space
— Callum Irving (@NUFCIrving1010) April 20, 2020