Jack Grealish Completing Manchester City Deal Soon
While not officially announced yet, accordingly to all reports, Jack Grealish is about to leave Aston Villa with barely a week or so to go to the new season. While most football journalists have seemingly in the dark on the matter over the past few days, the feeling is an announcement will be made before Aston Villa kick-off against Sevilla at Villa Park in Villa’s final preseason friendly match.
Sadly, due to the pandemic, bar the fans that got lucky in the ballot for the Chelsea game last season, most Villa fans haven’t seen him play for Villa at Villa Park for one and a half years. That would be a harsh note to end on, having been the darling of the Holte End with his Villa legacy very much in front of him.
He was a rare modern day player that was worth the price of admission. A pleasure to watch. A Villa fan to boot.
Still, Villa have become accustomed to playing chunks of seasons without Grealish, with him playing roughly only 65% of league games in four out of the last five seasons. There were also suspicions of his reoccurring shin issue.
Last season, there were certainly attacking deficiencies in Villa’s attack without their captain, but this summer Villa have signed Emiliano Buendia, Leon Bailey and Ashley Young, who should all improve matters on that front.
There maybe more bodies in before the summer transfer window closes and Villa will certainly be looking to move on and progress next season upon their previous two seasons in the Premier League.
Considering Villa’s ambitious new owners and the foundations already laid down, it was a real opportunity for Grealish to do something unique in football, rather than just follow the status quo. He’s turned his back on a chance of a real Roy of the Rovers legacy.
History will now remember him as an ‘if only’ man, in terms of Villa.
On the latest Villa podcast we discuss in depth what was potentially possible playing for Villa, and how Villa having rebounded well in the past after selling their main assets. Also, we discuss how £100m is an excellent deal in terms of his on-field efforts, but what Villa lose in the bigger picture and without the Grealish brand.
It’s a good hour of discussion that will keep you sane, make you smile and rationalise some of the nonsense out there.
Episode 157 Notes
Have you gone mad yet about the Jack Grealish situation? The MOMS team dive in on the factors at stake in terms of Grealish. Is it the short-term easy option vs potential Roy of the Rovers legacy?
Will Grealish be left with ‘If Only’ status if he goes? What could he have truly achieved if he stayed?
As well as all things Grealish, we also look at the latest Villa news and the announcement of the signing of Leon Bailey.
There’s also the proposition of Whacking Day…
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