MOMS previously ran an article questioning the futures of Jack Grealish, Carles Gil and Adama Traore if Aston Villa’s fate is to be the Championship. Would they stick around? Would they be any good in the Championship? And considering the trio’s pretty minimal contribution to this season, does anybody really care?
It has to be said though, all three have suffered from managerial resistance to play them this season, most notably Traore, who whilst a rough diamond was left to sit on the bench while Villa offered very little on the pitch.
Grealish only has himself to blame at the moment for his career going off track in the first half of this season. While MOMS has defended him in the national press from the overbearing obsession shown to his fledgling career by the media, indications are that he’s let the #lifestyle (™ Charles N’Zogbia) get in the way of the graft. Still, he just needs to knuckle down, if he wants to get back on track.
Gil, has seen more game time recently under Garde with varied success. He’d probably flourish more with other players on his wavelength willing to make runs in support, to really unlock his undoubted talent.
Anyway one question came to mind after that article and it was which of the three talents do Villa fans value the most. We did a quick Twitter poll and got over 2000 votes to what was an intriguing question…
Jack ‘He’s one of our own’ Grealish despite a lack of starts perhaps has done the most for the club out of the three players so far, if you count his key assists in the FA Cup semi-final and the vital league home win against West Ham last season. It seems his off-field exploits though have soured Villa supporters regard of him in recent months.
In my book, Grealish doesn’t seem to be a player yet that is capable of influencing a game. Gil on the other hand is perhaps more likely to show a flash of magic to grab a crowd’s attention and approval. I’d actually like to see how the Spaniard does in the Championship, as he could be a real menace to defences there.
So, why did Traore win the vote so convincingly? Apart from the odd beast mode run, he hasn’t really had a chance to display his talents yet in a Villa shirt. Yes, he can dribble, has power and has speed to burn, but will he ever learn to look up and use his teammates? At the moment, the Barcelona ‘wow’ factor probably has a lot to do with supporters voting for him, plus perhaps a sense of injustice that he hasn’t seen more minutes for Villa.
Of course, a manager doesn’t have to choose one from the three. All three are at the start of their learning curve, so ideally, if all three are nurtured properly and key players are brought in to support and assistant them, they can all play in the same starting XI.
If Villa’s relegation is confirmed early doors, it might we worth playing all three players regularly in the deadwood games at the end of the season to help see if they are the real deal and potentially the future of Aston Villa.
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