Pundit: Villa star better than two Liverpool men; would walk into Klopp’s side

Date published: Monday 13th January 2020 10:30

TV pundit Andy Gray has controversially claimed that Jack Grealish would walk into both Liverpool and Tottenham’s midfield.

Gray also feels that the Aston Villa skipper is a better player than the likes of Naby Keita, Gini Wijnaldum, Phil Foden and Mason Mount.

Former Villa striker Gray was trying to emphasise the point as to how much of a ‘special’ player Grealish is and how he would make the likes of runaway league leaders Liverpool and Spurs ‘better’ if he were to join them.

Jurgen Klopp’s men have been unstoppable so far this season, having won 2o of their 21 league games so far and there is a strong argument to suggest that they do not need to add to an already strong midfield, while Spurs have been hugely disappointing even after swapping Mauricio Pochettino for Jose Mourinho.

Grealish, who has been Villa’s outstanding performer this term, saw his boyhood club destroyed by Manchester City on Sunday but Gray told Bein Sports about how he is capable of stepping up to a club playing in the Champions League.

“I know he’s a Villa fan, his family are all Villa fans, he loves the club and he loves being captain,” Gray said. “But Jack’s 24 now and I think there is a decision coming at the end of this season. And I hate to say it, but I don’t think he’ll be there in August.

“If I was a coach of any of the top-six, and I include Liverpool in this, he would make the team better. He is, in my opinion, better than any of Liverpool’s midfield players. I think is better than Keita. I think he’s better than Wijnaldum. I think he’d get into the City side. He’s much better than Foden. I just think he’s that good.

“When you give someone a football. You watch somebody on a football pitch. He has a football at his feet and in his control. Special players, they just stand out. He might make mistakes, Jack, and he’s only 24. But the ball is part of his body. He moves with it beautifully. He has a goal in him. He creates for other players. He works hard.

“He’d walk into Spurs’ side. At Chelsea, I know they talk about Mason Mount but I think right now he’s better than Mason Mount. If he’s getting sold this summer then I guarantee you that a host of the biggest clubs will be after him.”

Even in a struggling Villa side, Grealish is still creating the most chances from an English player and the most opportunities from open play other than City ace Kevin de Bruyne.

 

Meanwhile, Villa manager Dean Smith admitted he was “embarrassed” by their 6-1 defeat to Manchester City, and action must be taken in the transfer window.

Villa had slipped into the relegation zone before kick-off due to Watford’s win against Bournemouth earlier, and there was to be no instant redemption as City showed their quality.

Sergio Aguero scored a hat-trick to become the Premier League’s all-time leading foreign goalscorer, with Riyad Mahrez scoring a brace and Gabriel Jesus getting a goal to add to Villa’s misery.

Smith insists that the loss won’t be season defining, but was disappointed with the manner of some of the goals conceded. Read more…

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