Despite the brutality of Rudy Gestede, the scrappiness of Ross McCormack, the flair of Albert Adomah, the pace of Gabby Agbonlahor and the joint dynamism provided by Jonathan Kodjia and Jordan Ayew, one player stands alone as the lynchpin of Villa’s attack this season.
That player is Jack Grealish.
Grealish finally ascended on a soggy Saturday afternoon when he fired Aston Villa into the lead against Wigan after a scrappy eighty-eight minutes where both teams fell short in front of goal. You wouldn’t blame Villa for giving up having tried so hard to find a way to win for the entire match. Not Jack Grealish though.
Grealish found a weak spot. He had tried to pull off the exact same shot throughout the match and eventually, it worked:
Grealish just offers so much to Aston Villa. He can dribble, pass, dictate play and is even a pretty damn good defender at points. He is becoming very capable of cutting in from the wing, but seems decent enough surging from deep. He’s Villa’s swiss army knife right now and hopefully, he can cut through whatever the EFL Championship chucks at him.