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Villa loanee turns heads with award nod: Will he be here soon?

Jack Grealish has been nominated for the League One player of the month of April. It's good news for one of the club's brightest young stars.

Michael Steele

Jack Grealish is quickly making a name for himself as one of the most exciting prospects that Aston Villa have. The 18-year-old winger has been performing exceptionally well in his loan stay with League One side Notts County. Now he's got some wider recognition to show for his efforts with his nomination for the April player of the month award in the league. The news comes ahead of County's last match of the season, a fixture in which they can assure their survival in League One with a draw against Oldham Athletic. Anything else will leave them waiting on other results to find out their fate.

There has already been talk, spurred largely by his excellent performances in last year's NextGen Series and this year with Notts County, that Grealish could find himself making his senior debut before too long. Jack tackled the issue last week, and wrote that he thought Grealish could "provide a spark that has been missing from the Villa team as of late."

Since he's only 18, it wouldn't be surprising to see Grealish spend at least another half year on loan, likely to a Championship side. But do expect to see him this summer, as Aston Villa will probably be tempted to thrust him into first-team play as soon as they can. And hopefully, given the high regard in which he is held at Notts County, this won't be the last award nomination we hear about, either. His performances have earned such high praise that it wouldn't surprise me at all to see him tabbed for any of the league's end-of-the-season awards.