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Aston Villa 2016-17 player preview: Jack Grealish

Grealish’s 2015-16 was a big disappointment. Now what?

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After the way he played in the second half of the 2014-15 season, Aston Villa fans were very excited to see Jack Grealish grow and develop further. Under Tim Sherwood, Grealish seemed to grow in confidence and began playing to the potential he clearly has.

Fast forward a year, and while the talent is still there, the excitement around Grealish has died down a little bit. It was hard not to be disheartened by Grealish’s 2015-16. He didn’t play well all season, and was even sent to train with the U21’s by Remi Garde, with whom Grealish apparently didn’t get on with.

However, this season, Grealish has a chance to grow and rebuild as a player. The quality of player that Villa will face this season is obviously a bit lower than it is in the Premier League.

If Grealish is to get to back on track, a year rebuilding and playing against Championship-level competition might not hurt.