Reported Tottenham Hotspur target Jack Grealish is “too good” for Aston Villa’s current side, teammate Conor Hourihane has admitted on the Southern Star podcast.
Last summer, Spurs were once again being linked with the Villa captain, the Mirror reporting that the North Londoners were keeping tabs on him.
Grealish, who nearly joined Tottenham in 2018 and is also believed to be on Manchester United’s radar, is reported to have a £60million buyout clause.
It’s little surprise to see the 24-year-old have such a hefty reported price tag, but this season he has proven himself at the highest level, his performances a rare shining light during a poor campaign for Dean Smith’s side.
Hourihane says Grealish is the best player he has ever played with, and believes he has “taken his game to a new level” this year, to the point that he has effectively outgrown his teammates.
“He’s top, top class,” the Irishman told the Southern Star. “In terms of pure ability and sheer skill and technique level he’s easily the best player I’ve played with to date.
“He’s just got that gift. He’s skipping by the best players in this league so easily. He’s developed over the three years I’ve been here – he’s taken his game to a new level – especially this year in the Premier League.
“He’s taken it by storm really. You know the England team and getting that big move is only a matter of time because, if I’m being brutally honest, he’s too good for our team at Aston Villa.”
With Aston Villa perilously close to suffering relegation back to the Championship, Grealish is not expected to regress back to the second tier with his club should the worst happen to them.
Tottenham are very much in need of bolstering their ranks this summer and Grealish, who reportedly earns £100,000-a-week (Goal.com), would be a high-calibre acquisition for any top-flight outfit.
Admittedly, Grealish won’t come cheap, but given how well he has done this campaign, he would undoubtedly be worth it.