Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish has been praised by Sky Sports pundit Roy Keane, who described the 25-year-old as an “excellent” player.
Grealish is one of the Premier League’s standout players, an attacker of the highest calibre whose heroics have dragged Villa from the Championship into the Premier League and kept them there.
Given Grealish’s talent, it’s unsurprising to hear him linked with other teams, whether in media reports or pundits suggesting another club should move for him.
A number of pundits on Sky Sports have been discussing Manchester United and who they should look to sign to help them compete against Manchester City next season and beyond.
Keane said: “The two players who I’ve thought about over the last few weeks who I feel would be brilliant for Man Utd are Harry Kane up front – whatever it costs – and I’d go with Jack Grealish.
“I feel United are still short of that special player. I think Grealish would give them that and I feel he would enjoy playing at Old Trafford. The fans would love him.
“What I admire about Jack is he’s got great courage on the football pitch. He always wants the ball in tight areas.
“We’ve seen over the last year or two his end product has improved. He’s an excellent player and obviously Kane would guarantee goals.
“Would it be difficult to get these two players? You bet your life it would be, but Man Utd have to go out and try to sign the best.
“Otherwise we’ll be having the same conversations next year about being nearly there.
“Jack would be ready for Man Utd. He’s done well for Aston Villa, a brilliant club who are doing very well, but Jack’s got to be selfish. He’s got to look to step up to the next level.”
It must be flattering for Grealish and the Villa contingent to have pundits and fans across the country praising you and dreaming of you joining their club.
But it’s unlikely Grealish would leave Villa this summer for a number of reasons.
Firstly, he’s Villa through and through, and surely only something serious, like relegation or financial issues, would see him even consider a move away.
Secondly, Villa are on the up – promoted in 2018-19, survived in the league in 2019-20 and this season they’re set for a mid-table finish. European places next season?
And lastly, in wake of everything that’s happened in the last 12 months, most clubs won’t be in position to spend stratospheric sums on players, which is what Grealish would no doubt cost.