Jack Grealish’s Under-6s coach recalls skill that made him "best I’ve seen"

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Jack Grealish’s former under-6s coach can still recall the incredible piece of skill that marked the midfielder out as the best player he’d ever seen.

Having just captained boyhood club Aston Villa to 11th in the Premier League, Grealish is current impressing with England at Euro 2020, setting up Harry Kane’s second goal against Germany in the last-16.

His talents are there for all to see, with Manchester City reportedly targeting a move for the 25-year-old star this summer.

And while some people are only just coming round to Grealish’s ability, the star’s former under-6s coach Richard Sweeney always knew he was a talent.

Sweeney has known the Villa ace for 20 years since he coached Highgate United Under-6s in Birmingham – and he can still recall a piece of skill that marked Grealish out as one of the best he’d seen.

Speaking to the Daily Mirror, he said: “As a kid he was far better than anything we had seen before.

“I remember his last game for us, the match was level and the keeper has rolled the ball out to him, he has dribbled around the whole of their team and smashed it in the back of the net.

“My main recollection is I was worried the first three or four games because he was so young.

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“However once he sorted out what he had to do, he went from struggling a bit to being the best player.

“He worked out for himself what he had to do to play at the higher level. He understands football.”

These days Grealish’s ability is not in question, but Sweeney had doubts when the Three Lions star first rocked up to training wearing shinpads that were too big for him.

“It all began when Jack’s dad asked if his son could train with his cousin, who was with us”, he continued.

“His cousin was a year older so I thought Jack was going to struggle.

“But he rocked up in his Villa kit and his shin pads which were too big for him and up by his knees.

“Then he suddenly started juggling the ball right in front of us. We thought, ‘OK, he is a bit good’.”

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