Take it from a ‘Yank,’ Jack Grealish is a very lucky man to have already tweeted this after his collision with former Villa midfiedler Tom Cleverley in the pre-season friendly against Watford:
Buzzing to be back on the pitch and to get a hour under my belt! Nice win too ⚽️ pic.twitter.com/UUUwjaGIkP— Jack Grealish (@JackGrealish1) October 16, 2017
Given Villa’s September and Steve Bruce’s seemingly continued commitment to a 4-4-2 formation, the question has to be asked, “Where does the Birmingham native fit in?”
The answer is, at the very least, on the bench as a substitute every match. The young Grealish - he’s just 22 - has already made a total of 79 appearances for Aston Villa’s first team.
In last year’s campaign the Bodymoor Heath product made 22 appearances under manager Steve Bruce. In those appearances, Grealish tallied a total of three goals and four assists playing largely as a left-winger or attacking midfielder.
It has been well documented that Villa need to be more prolific in attack to achieve promotion. Thus the return of Jack and his ability to slice through defenses to create goals is needed.
Remember this performance:
Well ‘Tactics Tim,’ and rightfully so, often praised Grealish’s ability to make a difference. Sure he has had his share of disciplinary issues and is capable of reflecting the best of us on holiday in the Canary Islands, but Jack’s return undoubtedly adds depth as well as creativity to Villa’s attack.
We should all be looking forward to his first team return in the Championship.