According to Sky Sports, Tottenham have bid £15million for Aston Villa attacking midfielder Jack Grealish. The 22-year-old looks likely to leave the Championship outfit this summer, as Villa are in the midst of a financial crisis.
Grealish is no doubt one of their standouts players and Villa reportedly wants closer to £30million for their starlet. The youngster has also attracted the interest of Chelsea, Fulham and Leicester.
Starting to mature
When Grealish broke into the Aston Villa first-team, he had the usual treatment of the British media. They built him up to be a potential superstar before hounding the youngster, who made some off the field mistakes.
Those mistakes have to be put down to the stupidity of youth and a lack of guidance. However, last season his performances and seemingly his behaviour started to improve, as he produced three goals and six assists in 30 appearances in the Championship.
Those numbers are not staggering, but the attacking midfielder only started 22 of those 30 games in the second tier. His all-around play was good too, as he looks to be maturing as a person and a player. Maybe a move to a club in a better position could further help his development.
Mauricio Pochettino could help develop Grealish
Grealish would be a very Spurs signing. He is a talented young player with plenty of room for development. The England under-21 would also not cost a fortune, which is also very Spursy that, as they have been highly shrewd in the transfer market in recent years.
A move to Spurs would, of course, mean playing under Argentinian boss Mauricio Pochettino, who is renowned for his ability to develop and get the best out of players.
Dele Alli is the prime example of a young player arriving in north London with bags full of potential and improving immensely. Pochettino turned him from a potential-filled starlet to a player who plays and produces consistently in the Premier League. He is also one of the first names on the teamsheet for England boss Gareth Southgate.
Alli is a feisty and complicated character. Grealish does not come across as the easiest of players to work with, so maybe Pochettino is the one to get the best out of the youngster. The Argentinian boss would no doubt see Grealish as the sort of hungry young player he wants to sign and mould. The transfer seems to suit all parties, as Villa are desperate for the cash from the sale of the starlet.
Tottenham will strengthen this summer
Tottenham now looks to be a permanent fixture in the Premier League top-four. However, the north London side has not quite made the next step of winning the title.
To win the league they need to strengthen the squad ahead of next season. Their odds to win the Premier League of 16/1 illustrates that they are major outsiders to lift the trophy next season.
Boss Pochettino recently signed a new deal with the north London club after stating that his squad needs strengthening this summer. If he has signed a new deal, it must mean that the clubs hierarchy has agreed to back him in the transfer market.
Tottenham needs more than just the signing of Grealish. It seems doubtful that the youngster will be the clubs marquee summer signing. However, he would be more like a gamble, with very small odds, as a fee of £15million is not much by Premier League standards.
Jack Grealish and Tottenham look to be a match made in heaven. If the youngster does not end up at Spurs there is little doubt that he will be plying his trade in the English top-flight somewhere next season.
Will Jack Grealish be playing for Tottenham next season?
- Soccer News Like
- Be the first of your friends!