'Next level': Manchester City-linked attacker tipped to be 'breakout star' at Euro 2020
Manchester City are reportedly eyeing Jack Grealish.
And City cult hero Micah Richards reckons the Aston Villa captain can be England’s breakout star at Euro 2020.
Likewise, the 25-year-old is apparently open to joining the Premier League champions.
Grealish came through the ranks at Villa to help steer his boyhood club back to the Premier League.
Villa retained their top-flight status in 2019-20 and kicked on in 2020-21, finishing 11th in the table.
Gareth Southgate named Grealish in his squad for Euro 2020, and Richards feels he’ll be a star at the tournament.
“I’m not sure about England at the back, but we will do well because we’ve got an array of attacking talent,” he told BBC Sport.
“Foden, Mount, Sancho, Jack Grealish, Marcus Rashford, Harry Kane – the list goes on and on.
“Grealish is my tip to be the tournament’s breakout star. He is the one who can take England to the next level.”
Trevor Sinclair, who played for City in the 2000s, feels Grealish could prolong his career by playing under Guardiola.
“Pep will get Grealish playing the ball quicker because that’s how Manchester City play,” he told talkSPORT last week.
“He won’t take so many knocks and he won’t pick up so many injuries. That’s really important.
“Jack Wilshere always waited until the last minute to get rid of the ball and he took a lot of heavy knocks.
“It’s not good for your future, it’s not good for your longevity and fitness if you’re always taking knocks, having a week or two weeks off.
“So not only will it help Grealish integrate into that Manchester City side, it will also help him with the injury problems that he’s had.”
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Grealish is a player of the highest calibre who looks destined for a move to one of England’s top clubs.
Admittedly it’ll be difficult for City to land him, as he is Villa through and through.
You’ve also got to consider that the Villans are on the up and he’s got a long-term contract.
However, if any club could offer anything close to a guarantee for silverware, it’s City.
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