'Saw it coming': Some Aston Villa fans annoyed by 'joke' involving Jack Grealish
Aston Villa fans have taken to Twitter to react after Jack Grealish was named in England’s starting lineup for the clash with Hungary last night.
What’s the story?
Well, the Villa Park faithful are all saying the same thing after Gareth Southgate handed Grealish a start.
They believe Southgate is showing favouritism to players employed by the so-called big six in the Premier League.
While Grealish was an Aston Villa player, the £100m man struggled for a starting place, and was mostly limited to appearances from the bench.
However, in the first international game since the 25-year-old’s move to Manchester City, he was named in the starting XI.
Coincidence? Probably not.
Were Aston Villa holding Jack Grealish back on the England scene?
The timing of this is very suspicious.
The fact Southgate handed Jadon Sancho his first EURO 2020 start right after his £73m move to Manchester United was announced suggests he does favour those playing for a ‘big six’ side.
You could even argue that Tyrone Mings suffered another example of this during EURO 2020.
After starring in the opening two games against Croatia and Scotland, the Aston Villa captain was dropped as soon as Harry Maguire returned.
Despite his ties to the Villans as an ex-player, it does seem as if Southgate has some hesitance in starting Dean Smith’s players.
Let’s see what the Aston Villa fans on Twitter have been saying about Grealish…
Jack Grealish first 3 games last season:— Aston Villa Statto (@AVFCStatto) September 2, 2021
Jack Grealish first 3 games this season:
Straight in the England team this season.
Don’t tell me Southgate picks players on form. He doesn’t. It’s who you play for that counts.#avfc | #ThreeLions
Saw it coming.— Nick Price-Thompson (@NickPJThompson) September 2, 2021
If Grealish was still a Villa player, Saka would be starting. Guaranteed 😂 https://t.co/gwUzOymoHM— EJ (@EddAVFC) September 2, 2021
Grealish moves to a big 6 team and is suddenly starting for England. Imagine my shock #avfc— AVFCchats 🦁 (@AVFCchats) September 2, 2021
So Grealish gets picked in the starting 11 for England… well what a suprise!! NOT!! Just shows exactly what us Villans thought. Southgate you are a bloody joke and you have just proved the fact! #AVFC #avfc— Mark (@Thejourneyman01) September 2, 2021