Stan Collymore has claimed in his Mirror column – as per Goal – that Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish was right to stay at the Midlands club amid reported Tottenham Hotspur interest back in 2018, as he now deserves a bigger club.
Grealish, 25, had a hand in 18 goals during his 41 league and cup appearances last season. Such form saw him linked with some of England’s biggest clubs, while he has since earned his first England caps. This term, he has starred in his first three games.
Back in 2018 with Villa in the Championship, Tottenham tried to sign Grealish. Sky Sports claimed that Villa rejected a £25million offer for Grealish, sticking firm to their stance that he was not for sale. It left Grealish ‘disappointed’.
So, while Collymore says Grealish was right to reject Spurs – something which is not quite true as Villa rejected the move – he believes that Grealish remaining at his boyhood club has greatly benefitted the playmaker.
“He made the right decision not moving when Spurs wanted him. He’d have just been in their squad,” Collymore said. “Since then Jack has taken a step up and is a serious player. He can play for any elite club now.”
TBR’s view – Grealish could have been another Alli at Tottenham
It is impossible to say that Grealish would not have starred at Spurs. Mauricio Pochettino was renowned at Spurs for bringing the best out of his players, with the capture of Dele Alli arguably one of the best signings of the decade.
At just £5million, he has gone on to become an England regular – only to drop off over the past couple of seasons. At Spurs, Grealish could have followed suit. However, Collymore’s point that staying at Villa has helped him, is also true.
It has given Grealish the freedom to grow. Though Grealish did not reject a move to Tottenham as Collymore claims, he has certainly benefitted from staying in claret and blue. He has since signed a £125,000-a-week (Telegraph) contract at Villa.