Manchester United transfer target Jack Grealish always provides a “class” moment in a match, according to Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher. Grealish has been a shining light for Aston Villa in an otherwise difficult first season back in the Premier League. The 24-year-old has scored seven goals and contributed six assists in 26 league outings.
Grealish grabbed the headlines for the wrong reasons last week when he broke the government’s coronavirus lockdown guidelines and was fined £150,000 by Villa.
That did not stop Carragher from putting Grealish in his team of the season, alongside Liverpool skipper Jordan Henderson and Manchester City star Kevin de Bruyne in midfield.
Carragher hopes Grealish can learn from that mistake and insists he has what it takes to perform at the top level, describing him as the best player in the Villa team whenever he has watched Dean Smith’s side so far this season.
“On the other side of Jordan Henderson, I went for Jack Grealish,” Carragher told Sky Sports.
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“I know he’s made a mistake, he’s held his hands up in the last week or so. He’s a young man, we all make mistakes and hopefully he can learn from that.
“I think he’s probably been as influential as any player in those bottom ten teams for their team.
“I know at the moment Aston Villa are in the bottom three, I dread to think where Aston Villa would be without him.
“He’s also a player where, you don’t watch every team in every game they play, but when I watch Aston Villa, he’s always the best player, and he always provides something or a moment in the game where you think ‘That’s class’.
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“The best way to describe him, at the start of the season I said the same, is that it almost feels like every time Grealish gets the ball, the game stops.
“It’s almost like everyone is waiting to see what he’s going to do, almost feels like he’s got time on the ball.
“Who knows how the season is going to end up, who knows what’s going to happen with relegation or staying up with Aston Villa but there’s no doubt he’s got the quality to play for one of the top clubs in the Premier League and certainly in Europe as well.”
Villa were 19th in the Premier League table when football was suspended last month, three points from safety.
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