Former Aston Villa boss Martin O’Neil is convinced Jack Grealish has what it takes to play for any of the top six sides.
O’Neil says there is no doubt the Aston Villa captain has the natural talent to thrive at the highest level.
Grealish has scored seven goals and provided six assists for his relegation-threatened boyhood club this season.
Manchester United are reportedly keen on the Villa playmaker. And while O’Neill, the former Celtic, Leicester and Republic of Ireland boss, was cagey over whether he would be the ideal fit for United, he is adamant that his talent is not in doubt.
“On Grealish’s future, that’s difficult to say. He’s a big fans’ favourite and Villa is his football club as well. Does he have the ability to play for Manchester United? Certainly, the natural talent to play for any of the big clubs – there’s no question about that,” he told Stats Perform News.
He revealed that he met Grealish several years ago when we wanted him to play for the Republic of Ireland. Instead, the 24-year-old chose to play for England.
“He’s very strong; he’s much stronger than he was five years ago, a quality player, hard to rob.”
He warns that Villa’s over-reliance on Grealish may cause problems for them.
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