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Tony Cascarino evaluates Jack Grealish and James Maddison before EFL Cup meeting

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Tony Cascarino evaluates Jack Grealish and James Maddison before EFL Cup meeting

The two English playmakers go head to head tonight.

Tony Cascarino says it’s unfair to compare James Maddison and Jack Grealish because of the relative standards of their club team-mates.

Ahead of the meeting between Leicester and Aston Villa in the EFL Cup, Cascarino showered praise in the Times on Grealish for putting up similar numbers to Maddison in a worse team.

He said: “The main difference between them is the teams they play in. It’s very unfair on Grealish to judge them. If you put him into Leicester City’s side, with Jamie Vardy up front, better-quality players around him, he could do everything Maddison does.


“Maddison has the licence to get forward because he has Wilfried Ndidi behind him. Grealish has done very well in a mediocre Premier League team. He is the heartbeat of Villa. Without his goals and assists, they would probably be bottom of the table.”

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The flip side of Cascarino’s argument is that at Villa, everything goes through Grealish. He has been moved further forward this season by Dean Smith to give him more freedom and he gets a huge amount of the ball.

Maddison is important to Leicester but their side is more balanced and he has more defensive responsibility. That will be the next step for Grealish to work on if he gets into the international setup.

Whichever player is able to exert more influence on the semi final could decide which Midlands side makes it to Wembley.

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