Danny Mills has said that Jack Grealish’s discipline could be a cause of concern for top clubs such as Manchester United looking to sign the Aston Villa captain.
Grealish has stepped up from the Championship impressively this season, scoring seven goals and assisting five others as well as being Villa’s driving force in his 23 Premier League appearances.
Such form has seen the 24-year-old mooted with a call-up to the England squad but on a domestic level the midfielder has also been linked with a move to Old Trafford in the summer.
United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is keen to bring hungry homegrown talent to his squad – as seen with the signing of Daniel James – with Leicester City’s James Maddison also said to be on the club’s radar.
Speaking to talkSPORT, however, Mills explained how Grealish is having to carry Villa at times this season and questioned whether he would have the discipline to play a fixed role for a top side.
Mills said: “Does he have the ability to play for one of those top sides? Without a shadow of a doubt. No question about it.
“The only thing, and this is probably for England as well, is because he has to play that role for Villa, he has no choice, maybe one or two clubs are thinking, ‘Is he disciplined enough to play a certain role within the structure of my team?’
“Now, Grealish has the ability. But we don’t know, because we haven’t seen him do that role, because Villa have been poor and he’s trying to carry them and keep them up.
“I think that’s the only question for Jack Grealish – does he have that discipline?
“He probably does, but someone is going to have to take a chance on him.”
In other United news, Angel Gomes reportedly had a deadline-day move away from the club blocked.
The midfielder, 19, has made six senior appearances under Solskjaer this term but is out of contract in the summer and likely to leave on a free transfer.
According to the Manchester Evening News, however, United blocked a loan move following his representatives coming close to sealing the England Under-20 international’s exit.