Aston Villa star Jack Grealish has been compared to Paolo Di Canio by Paul Scholes.
Grealish has been sensational for Villa over the years, and Dean Smith’s decision to make him skipper in early 2019 after his return from injury reaped dividends.
Not only did the 25-year-old help drag the Villans into the playoffs and back into the Premier League in 2018-19, but he played a huge role in keeping them there.
This season, he helped Villa get their league campaign off to a flying start and, after 24 games played, they remain in the top half of the table, just six points off the top four.
Grealish’s quality means he’s regularly linked with other clubs and tipped by pundits to make a move.
Premier League Productions pundits Scholes and Joe Cole were discussing the England international in terms of who should win PFA Player of the Year.
“There’s a collection of players that were so suited to being big fish at a club, then when they went to the big club (they struggled),” Cole said, as quoted by Optus Sport.
“Paolo Di Canio for instance, when he was in Italy it never worked for him at Milan and Juventus, but when he came to West Ham it all about him. Matt Le Tissier never jumped and went to a big club and did it.”
Scholes added: “Jack Grealish is probably the same (as Di Canio). It is all about him at Aston Villa.
“He needs to get out now to a club that need to win every week, there is pressure to deliver trophies. He is capable of doing it, but there will always be a doubt until you do it.”
Grealish is a player of the highest calibre who has been sensational for Villa over the years and has assured himself of a place in claret and blue folklore.
Last season, he helped Villa survive in the Premier League, and this year he’s helped the team go up a notch – who knows, they might yet seal a European place by the end of the season.
Not only is Grealish improving as a player but so is the team, and if he can get Villa into Europe next season, then why should he move?
If Villa strengthen further in the summer and the current players continue to improve, culminating in a team that can regularly challenge for Europe and go far in the cups, there’s no reason for him to jump ship.